The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts, is the country’s oldest functioning inn, with historic charm, charisma, and beauty to match. The Inn, the Grist Mill, the Chapel, and the Schoolhouse are the four primary buildings that make up the Wayside Inn Historic Site. The Grist Mill on the site was the basis for the Pepperidge Farm emblem and is regarded one of New England’s most charming settings. “It was erected under the guidance of former property owner Henry Ford, and ground its first “grist” on Thanksgiving day, 1929,” according to the Wayside Inn Web site.
The mill is powered by water and uses two independent grinding stones to make the cornmeal and wheat flour utilized in the baked dishes at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.