Monday, February 25, 2008

A Snow Covered Day in Historical New England

Longfellow's Wayside Inn and Old Grist Mill in Winter

We had about eight inches of snow fall on Friday. The roads Friday night were really slippery and it looked like a blizzard. Saturday morning you wouldn't have even believed it had just snowed. The roads were completely plowed, and although it was a bit chilly the day was beautiful with a lovely white icing trim on all the places to admire, without slippery roads to contend with. I headed out for a ride to a lovely town called Sudbury.

My creationThe historical Wayside Inn is in a beautiful setting, especially with the backdrop of a snowy scene. The country roads all around the area are so beautiful. On the same road is the Old Grist Mill, which I and a million people have photographed in all seasons. As well as the Martha-Mary Chapel, which is so simple, yet magnificent on top of the hill.

Longfellow's Wayside Grist Mill in Winter

I spent some time going inside the Old Grist Mill last Summer and there is a tour once inside.

Longfellow's Wayside Inn and Grist Mill, Sudbury, Ma.

Sitting on top of a hill overlooking the Grist Mill and on the same side of the road as the historical Wayside Inn you can't miss the Martha-Mary Chapel. This chapel was rebuilt in 1940 and the construction was overseen by Henry Ford. Today they host the most romantic weddings here, and people choose to have their reception at the Wayside Inn or put up a tent on the grounds of the chapel.

Martha-Mary Chapel

Last summer I took a ride to take some photographs and had the good fortune to be there on a day when The Wayside Inn was hosting a celebration with characters in period dress. I quickly peeked behind the trees to capture them walking through the woods.

Snipits of a car ride to the Wayside Inn


Snowy days in New England seem so romantic in a more historical setting. Driving down roads with circa 1700 homes, old barns and fences made out of rocks truly congers up what we learned about in our American History classes. I have often wished that I had lived here when we were studying American History...it all would have come alive for me.
A Winter's drive in New England



My favorite writers were all friends and many of them lived in the same town of Concord. No wonder they found so many great stories in this beautiful backdrop. The history of the Wayside Inn is fascinating to me and the thought of Longfellow staying here and writing the Tales of the Wayside Inn makes it even more special.

Snow VinietteThe Wayside Inn is probably one of the most photographed and painted buildings in Massachusetts. Searching through a Vintage shop one day I found this lovely painting in a rustic frame, painted by Lyn Proctor. I suppose a local artist, I have no idea when it was painted, but it so embraces the feeling, history and historical attributes.




Going on an adventure in New England, no matter which season always inspires me. Perhaps it is because I am not from here that I can always see the beauty around me with fresh new eyes, and not take it for granted. All that I know is that as much as I long for Spring, the snowy historical places make me remember my history lessons and feel thrilled with inspiration as I see what the great writers embraced. As the sun was setting and the shadows of the trees made the snow look a deep aqua hue, I was ready to take my inspiration home.

"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing,
while others judge us by what we have already done."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




The name of the song for this post is Winter Spirits. Perhaps Longfellow's spirit was enchanting me on Saturday, I only know that when I returned home, the beauty that was inside my camera reflected something more than a simple ride in the country.

Winter Post Card

11 comments:

TAMY & the SGT said...

Awesome photos - I think you're the next Norman Rockwell

Teri C said...

Gosh! these are such gorgeous photos of my favorite part of the country. They are all postcards!! Just gorgeous. Thanks for the tour.

Hummingbird Chats said...

Oh, What beauitful pictures,it really makes me miss New England. My parents are both from Mass.,and we also lived in several of the New England states during my father's military career. I think Vermont is the only state we didn't live in. Katie

Rhondi said...

Hi Karen. I just finished reading all your posts that I missed while I was away. Every one is a delight to the eye, so creative and beautiful. I am full to overflowing with beauty and inspiration! Hope you have a wonderful day my friend.
Rhondi xo

Tara said...

I feel like i have been through an inspirational snowy walk--thanks!
:0)
Tara

Alison Gibbs said...

Thanks for sharing the countryside around New England with us. What a beautiful place to visit in both Winter and summer.
Alison

Mary Isabella said...

My friend you do know it is my life long dream to live in Maine. It is heaven on earth to me.....Thank you so much for all of these beautiful pictures.....Smiles...Mary

Linda said...

Hi Karen,
Oh what lovely photos, you live in a beautiful place it looks wonderful in both Winter and Summer. I hope that it is OK with you if I add you to my favourite blogs list on my blog.
Cheers Linda

Mo'a said...

Wonderful photos and post. It brought so many memories back to me. I agree with you every season in New England is wonderful.
We have had many lovely Sunday Dinners at the Wayside Inn.
Thank you for sharing your adventure.

Jane said...

Karen: Your blog is always so beautiful and inspiring. These photos are especially lovely! Having spent my 4 college yrs. in Northampton, & with 2 BU grad children, I have such fond memories of Massachusetts and other parts of New England! Thanks! Jane

Sharon said...

What breath taking photos. I feel like I've been on a winter strole in your. Thanks for sharing.
And thanks for visiting.