Inn once owned by Henry Ford: Guests, give us our stuff back

Wayside Inn in Sudbury
Pumpkins decorate the front yard of Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. Situated halfway between Boston and Worcester, the Wayside Inn claims to be America's oldest operating inn and is a National Historic Site. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

SUDBURY, Mass. (AP) — A historic Massachusetts inn that inspired poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and was once owned by automotive pioneer Henry Ford wants its stuff back — no questions asked.

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury is celebrating its 300th anniversary by offering amnesty for former guests who may have –ahem — “secretly checked out” inn property. Return it, and management says it won’t pursue criminal charges.

Innkeeper Steve Pickford tells The Boston Globe he’s particularly interested in recovering a copy of the Declaration of Independence belonging to Revolutionary War-era innkeeper Ezekiel Howe. It went missing in the 1950s.

Pickford says guests have also absconded with stamped silverware, pewter serving pieces, antique dishes and paintings.

The inn opened in August 1716 and bills itself as the oldest operating inn in the country.


Information from:

The Boston Globe

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