In April my doctor’s office called and requested I go to their office for some blood work even though I could not be seen in her office. Since I had to be out and about I decided to bring my camera to check out a local place about 10 miles from my house. It is outside and I thought there would likely be few people there. I was wrong about the people but most were just sitting on a blanket and not walking around so I decided to get out and walk around. I had a mask with me just in case! This place was Longfellow’s Wayside Inn Grist Mill. A beautiful spot I had been to quite a bit when I was young but most recently was about 4 years ago. I came to this spot with my first real digital camera while taking classes to help learn how to use it. This is a very historical spot in Massachusetts history. The Grist Mill itself was built in 1929.
The beauty of the falls is dependent to some extent on the amount of rain we have received. On this day it was lovely…I had been here many years ago when it was barely a trickle.
Though I did not walk the entire grounds, I did walk my favorite areas…saw people walking with masks on, a woman fishing and my favorite tree!
But one of the best things about walking the property? The water…there is a very long, meandering river and a lovely pond. Hard as I try I can not find any clear information that gives me the name of the river or the pond…or maybe I am just to impatient to find it. 🙂
I took over 110 images of the water around the Grist Mill and 63 of them are my favorites but I am only sharing a little over half of them.
I have an image of the actual Longfellow’s Wayside Inn and I saw it when I first opened my folders but now I can not find it! But I am going to post images of the Martha-Mary Chapel that is a part of the property. This is a non-denominational church where many people have married over the decades. It is named after Henry Ford‘s mother, Mary Litogot Ford and his mother-in-law, Martha Bench Bryant. And I copied the image of the Wayside Inn taken and attributed to By Dudesleeper at English Wikipedia. There was also an adorable dog visiting from NY with his humans and they allowed me to take a picture of him.
There is a country store, Wayside Country Store, not too far from here but I did not stop on this day. It has penny candy that is no longer sold for a penny! It has old games from my youth for sale…it just has many cool things to check out if you ever decide to come visit. My uncle and my grandmother brought us here when we were children…we got anywhere between .10-.25 and could pick out what ever candy we wanted and walk out with a paper bag filled with candy. Great memory! Leaning my head against the glass trying to decide what to get! My sister and I came here a few years back and strolled around inside absorbing our youth. I had flashbacks…great flashbacks! In fact, I am going to post some of those pictures at the very end…after the travel quote.
Here is a great link if you would like to read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayside_Inn_Historic_District
Until I am able to get out and travel…hopefully in the foreseeable future…this is the last of my 2020 images for now. I started this blog in February 2018 and I do not want to end it for now just because of a pandemic! I think going forward I am going to post my travels prior to 2018 in no particular order.
I thank you very much for traveling with me. Feel free to ask questions! Stay safe out there!
You know the routine by now….come visit me at my page on Facebook, on Instagram and at my website. If you find something you like on my blog and you don’t find it for sale, please contact me. I will give you a quote.
See you on the road!
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
– Marcel Proust
Wayside Country Store…as noted above! Darn…I thought I had pictures of the candy counters! That is the best part…sorry!