Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Tales of a Wayside Inn

Wayside Inn Grist Mill

I'm in the Boston/Marlborough area this week on business, and found a really great place for dinner this evening: The Wayside Inn.

I didn't really know much about it, but stumbled across it on the web. It's a National Historic Landmark, and very interesting! In fact, there is a marker about George Washington passing through on his way to take command of the Colonial Army! It opened in 1716 as Howe's Tavern, along the old Boston Post Road. Later it became the Red Horse Tavern, and now Longfellow's Wayside Inn. It's named thusly because in 1862, poet Henry Longfellow visited the tavern and later published a book of poems entitled "Tales of a Wayside Inn." I need to take more time on my next visit to explore the extensive grounds. The working Grist Mill is quite picturesque.

For dinner, they have an excellent Bawstan Clam Chowda (NE accent added...). I also tried the London Broil and the Baked Indian Pudding for dessert.


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