Longfellow's Wayside Inn
Ghost Adventures Valentines Day Special

Longfellow's Wayside Inn
Ghost Adventures Valentines Day Special

Longfellow's Wayside Inn is home to America's most amorous female ghost. How will this brokenhearted spirit respond when Zak, Nick and Aaron check themselves into a room for the lockdown? 

The Wayside Inn is an historic landmark inn located in Sudbury, Massachusetts, in the USA. The inn is still in operation, offering a restaurant, historically-accurate guest rooms, and hosting for small receptions.

It is reputedly the oldest operating inn in the country, opening as Howe's Tavern in 1716.

The inn's archive has documents from 1686 onward, including the official inn license granted to the first innkeeper, David Howe, in 1716. Lydia Howe, a granddaughter, was born in the Inn.

The inn is also known as Longfellow's Wayside Inn, a name given to the inn to capitalize on the popularity of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside Inn, a book of poems published in 1863.

Longfellow visited the Wayside Inn in 1862, when it was called the How Tavern.

In Tales of a Wayside Inn, the poem The Landlord's Tale was the source of the immortal phrase "listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere."

Henry Ford built a replica and fully working grist mill and a white non-denominational church, named after his mother, Mary, and mother in law, Martha. Lesser known is Ford's attempt to create a reservoir for the Wayside Inn.

Across US Rte. 20 and now secluded in a wooded area behind private homes is a 30 ft. high stone dam. Dubbed by the locals as "Ford's Folly" the structure failed at its task because the feeding brook provided insufficient volume and the ground was too porous to allow for a pond to grow behind the stone structure.

In the grounds of the church stands a one-room schoolhouse that was moved there from its original location in Sterling, Massachusetts, by Henry Ford, who believed the building was the actual schoolhouse mentioned in Sarah Josepha Hale's poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb", though little historical evidence exists to support his belief.

Current Innkeeper John Cowden, Jr. and his staff have purchased and renovated the (now-named) Wayside Carriage House Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

It is less than one mile from the original Wayside Inn, and it features 46 guest rooms, two spas, a fitness center, a function room, a full service bar, complimentary continental breakfast, and a shuttle to bring guests to Longfellow's Wayside Inn. Cowden will serve as Innkeeper for both establishments.

Henry Ford was the last private owner of the Wayside Inn. He purchased it in 1923, from Cora Lemon, and he also purchased 3,000 acres (12 km²) of land surrounding the Inn, with the aim of developing it into a historically oriented village and museum.

Although his original aims were not accomplished at the Wayside, he did establish the non-profit institution that operates the Inn and associated museum, watermill, and archives today. He ultimately fulfilled on his desires to create such a museum at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Longfellow Wayside Inn is an old historic landmark inn located in Sudbury, Massachusetts. It is reputedly the oldest operating inn in United States.

Over the years at the Longfellow Wayside Inn, guests have claimed they’ve seen, smelled the perfume or experienced in some way the ghost of Jerusha Howe in room 9.

Jerusha Howe was the sister of Lyman and the "Belle of Sudbury" who is said to have entertained visitors by playing the pianoforte in the Parlor. She died unmarried at age 45.