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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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