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164 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 Longfellow's Wayside Inn is the oldest licensed inn in the United States C O U R T E S Y O F L O N G F E L L O W ' S W A Y S I D E I N N / P H O T O B Y T E D F I T Z G E R A L D journeys bon voyage trekking getaways escapes travel near and far Historic Inns Close to Home J A N E T M E N D E L S O H N writer excursions it's a peculiarity of human nature. We take for granted noteworthy places in our own backyards that others come from around the world to see. Take, for example, the historic inn. When was the last time you dined in a Colonial-era tavern? Or relaxed for a week- end in a Victorian home? If you don't have room for all of your visiting guests, need a tempo- rary place to stay during home renovations, or simply need a change of scenery for a night or two, think about visiting one of these inns that boast a rich and storied history. Longfellow's Wayside Inn, Sudbury It had been years since I attended wedding and birthday celebrations at the Wayside Inn. I thought of it as a tourist destination. I'd forgotten its stature as the oldest licensed inn in the United States. I didn't remember the antiques in period rooms; the picturesque chapel, grist mill, and barn; and the schoolhouse credited as the origin of "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Months before its upcoming 300th anniversary, I rediscovered the inn that predates the American Revolution and inspired one of our nation's most cherished literary works.