“Mary Had a Little Lamb” Schoolhouse, Sudbury, MA

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The Redstone School is reportedly where Mary Sawyer and her little lamb went in the famous nursery rhyme (based on a true story). Henry Ford moved the schoolhouse from its original location in Sterling, Mass., to its current site in Sudbury, Mass. Long before his Greenfield Village became a reality in Dearborn, Mich.,  Ford purchased the property in Sudbury in the hopes of creating a living museum of American history. Also on the grounds are:

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, a historic stagecoach stop that claims to be the country’s oldest operating inn. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the inn in his  “Tales of a Wayside Inn,” a book of poems published in 1863.

Longfellow’s Grist Mill, built in 1929, was used by Pepperidge Farm for many years and it still grinds corn meal and flour for use at the inn, making it the oldest operational grist mill in the Northeast. 

Martha-Mary Chapel, built by Ford and named for his mother and mother-in-law, was built from trees damaged in a 1938 hurricane. It is a popular filming location for movies.

Visited August 2014

Location: Wayside Inn Road (begins and ends off Route 20/Boston Post Road)


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