Policies and Programs

The Wayside Inn is privately owned and managed by The Wayside Inn Foundation. Any events or functions not arranged or approved through The Wayside Inn Foundation or Longfellow’s Wayside Inn are prohibited and will be asked to leave the property. Thank you for your cooperation.

Photography on Our Property

  • The Wayside Inn Historic Site, which includes all our buildings and grounds, is a private, non-profit landmark owned by The Wayside Inn Foundation and overseen by a Board of Trustees charged with closely monitoring the way in which the buildings and grounds are used by the visiting public. Our buildings and grounds are copyright protected.
  • Our Chapel and Garden Weddings have priority to use of the grounds for photography on the day of their event, over any other personal or professional photography.
  • Due to weddings and outdoor events on Saturdays from April through October, the grounds can be used for professional photography only before 11:30am and after 6:30pm. For any other day we ask that you please be mindful to not be disruptive to any outdoor event that may be taking place.
  • Our property’s historic appearance and natural landscape is viewed by many to be an attractive backdrop for commercial use, and we strive to balance that interest with those of the casual visitor as well as the expectations assumed by parties who schedule private events, such as weddings and other group celebrations. Any commercial photography must be approved and arranged in advance with the Innkeeper.
  • We kindly request that any Professional Photographers leave us a $25 minimum donation per session to assist with the costs of maintaining the property. This can be given to the Front Desk at the Inn or left in the donation box in the Grist Mill. We can issue a receipt upon request.

Please e-mail info@wayside.org with any questions.

The following was adopted by adopted by the Board of Trustees April 27, 2016

The Wayside Inn Missing Property Amnesty Program

WHEREAS, it is acknowledged that over its 300 year history, items of historic, cultural, material or monetary value used or belonging to the Wayside Inn may have been improperly removed from the Inn or otherwise gone missing;

WHEREAS, these items are of considerable significance to the Inn and its history;

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees, on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the Inn, desires to encourage the return of these items and does hereby enact the following “Wayside Inn Missing Property Amnesty Program”:

  1. The name of the program shall be the “Wayside Inn Missing Property Amnesty Program”.
  2. Under this program, any item of historic, cultural, material, or monetary significance that has been improperly (intentionally or unintentionally) taken or removed from the Wayside Inn, should be able to be returned to the Inn on a no-risk/no-names/no-questions asked basis.
  3. Although no questions will be asked upon return of such items, stories are welcome to illuminate the history of the item at the sole discretion of the person(s) returning the item.
  4. All items may be returned to the front desk at the Wayside Inn, or by delivery to the Innkeeper.
  5. All items received by the front desk staff shall be promptly delivered to the Innkeeper.
  6. In exchange for the safe return of any such items, the Wayside Inn waives all rights to pursue any legal claims or actions against the person(s) returning the items.
  7. All items returned to the Wayside Inn under this Program shall belong to the Wayside Inn without claim or interest of any other person.
  8. The Innkeeper shall deliver all returned items to the Archives Department for identification, and a report submitted to the Board detailing the significance of such items, so the Board may determine appropriate action with respect to each item.
  9. The Innkeeper is hereby authorized to accept the return of any item presented under this Program, and to take such action as necessary to publicize and promote this Program to fulfill its purpose
72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA 01776 USA
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