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.