Wayside Inn Colonial Faire (Sudbury, MA)

When one reminisces of a simpler time they rarely think of muskets,militias and mills.  But, that is what they have at the Wayside Inn Colonial Faire.

You don’t have to be a history nerd, I mean buff, to enjoy the faire.  But, it helps.  The main attraction, all year round has to be the Grist Mill.

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The inside of the mill is just as cool as the outside.  Inside the mill,  a reenactor shows how bread was made.

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One of my favorite attractions is the schoolhouse.  Ironic, because in the past I would avoid schools like they were the plague.

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The teacher told an interesting story about how Mary Sawyer was the inspiration behind “Mary had a little lamb”.  A stone outside the building bears the rhyme.

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Another big attraction at the Wayside Inn is the Mary Martha Chapel with its gilded banner weather vane.

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Every year, hundreds of reenactors come dressed in their best colonial era attire.

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Despite being armed to the teeth, the only surprise attacks were the occasional Colonial era photo bombs.  DSC_0029

The highlight for the reenactors came when they all lined up on the main road and marched in their groups.

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On the fairgrounds, there were tables where you can buy kettle corn, furs of unknown origin and other merchandise.  There were also colonial soldiers, tents, tepees and entertainment.

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The tepee was about as cozy as your average 2 bedroom apartment in the city.

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Even when the faire is not taking place, the grounds of the Wayside Inn are worthy of a photography shoot.

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The Wayside Inn is a rustic building that hasn’t changed much.

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The wayside Inn also has an impressive garden.  In the garden there is a bust of Longfellow.

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And, of course, there were plenty of canine friends at the faire.

Rico was very curious about my camera.

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Pablo took a little rest on his walk.

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Fritz enjoyed a treat while he was photographed.

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Buster was all smiles at the faire.

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About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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