In 2016, Longfellow's Wayside Inn turned 300! For our special celebration, those at Sudbury TV produced a phenomenal video that dives into the history of our lovely Inn. Being the oldest operating Inn in the United States, we a proud of our antiquity and we cherish it daily.
In 1716, 300 years ago, an Innkeeping tradition began in Sudbury, Massachusetts that is now recognized as Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. David How’s four room house was granted a license as a “House of Entertainment” known as How’s Tavern. He hosted travelers of the Post Road, a busy thoroughfare linking Boston to points west. His mission was simple, to provide food and lodging for “man and beast”. The Tavern accommodated travelers with hospitality and continued serving guests as it grew for 145 years. Four generations of Howe’s would oversee the family tavern business until 1861.
This is an overview of how the Wayside Inn started as Howe’s Inn and Tavern in 1716. We are pleased to announce that our episode is posted and is available for download.You will find it here: benfranklinsworld.com/wayside.
In August 2013, Buddy Dog Humane Society, Inc. purchased a 9.5 acre property on Wayside Inn Road, abutting The Wayside Inn Historic Site. Although no plans have been formally disclosed, it is expected that Buddy Dog intends to build a new facility on this property, where it will relocate from its current location on Boston Post Road in Sudbury.