"Town and Village Gayres existed in England long before the colonization of America. The right to hold fairs way given by Royal Grant for specified dates and number of days. The purpose was mainly for a market, but the opportunity was also taken for what was considered to be..."
We are extremely sorry for any inconvenience, but hope you, and your family, have a great Fourth of July. Enjoy a day spent focused on the joy of good company, quality food, and endless summer day fun!
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.