Gristmill near the Wayside Inn, Sudbury, Massachusetts, circa 1928

Summary

Henry Ford purchased the Wayside Inn, memorialized in Longfellow's poetry collection Tales of a Wayside Inn, in 1923. Over six years, Ford spent more than $2 million restoring the inn and several adjacent buildings, including this gristmill. In retrospect, the project was something of a dry run for Ford's more ambitious Greenfield Village complex a few years later.

Henry Ford purchased the Wayside Inn, memorialized in Longfellow's poetry collection Tales of a Wayside Inn, in 1923. Over six years, Ford spent more than $2 million restoring the inn and several adjacent buildings, including this gristmill. In retrospect, the project was something of a dry run for Ford's more ambitious Greenfield Village complex a few years later.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

circa 1928

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.116

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 10 in

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