Tuesday, October 16, 2012

the wayside inn

longfellow's wayside inn sign
     A few weekends ago, my mom and I headed up to The Wayside Inn, in Sudbury, Massachusetts-- the same Wayside Inn that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote about in his famous Tales of a Wayside Inn.  We were there for the Sudbury Colonial Faire, a fife and drum muster that also has a full-blown colonial gathering with period-appropriate dancing, food, and crafts.

longfellow wayside inn bust stone statue
the man of the hour himself
revolutionary war reenactment colonial
uh-oh.
     There was also a reenactment of a Revolutionary War skirmish-- it was pretty intense.  I was standing near a little boy and his dad, and the father kept trying to explain what was happening in a historically unbiased manner, which doesn't necessarily compute with a four-year-old who's used to having clearly defined 'good guys' and 'bad guys.'  

church weathervane gold
I really like weathervanes-- there were some beautiful ones around The Wayside Inn.  This one was on top of a church.

bridge in the forest fairytale
this little pathway looked completely untouched by time, it was like something out of a fairytale.
antique barn red

revolutionary war reenactment british redcoats
did I mention that there were a lot of guys firing muskets?  well, there were a whole lot of guys firing a whole lot of muskets.

dreamy stone wall forest autumn
I love old stone walls-- I love imagining how many people in different time periods touched this one as they were out for a walk in the woods.

yellow gold berries dew
these golden berries were growing everywhere.

feather weathervane
This is one of my favorite weathervanes ever-- simple and clean and pretty.

ancient mariners walking fife and drum wayside inn longfellow
heading to the parade-- I've gotta hand it to this guy for marching barefoot, because it was not a warm day.
I hope you've enjoyed a peek into my trip to The Wayside Inn!

6 comments:

  1. Ah I too love old stone walls, I think that it would be a pain to build one but so worth it (well, it may have to be visible from a window or two to really be worth it). Truly lovely photos! I haven't seen much of Eastern Mass (other than Boston) really only Western. When I lived in Northampton I loved getting to visit the Berkshires, especially the Hancock Shaker Village (and if we are as similar as I think we are, you would LOVE it). You have definitely made me miss the New England!

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliments on the photos, I'm so glad you like them. I googled the Hancock Shaker Village and it looks like such a beautiful and interesting place! That round stone building is gorgeous. I hope you get to see New England again soon!

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  2. I'm going to pull up this post with your gorgeous photos the next time anyone asks me why I never want to move out of New England.

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    1. That's so sweet, thank you so much! It's such a beautiful place-- I was just lucky enough to be there with a camera.

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