Living in New England there is so much history around that sometimes I take them for granted. I took Jake to Sudbury a few weeks ago to the area where all of the following historical buildings are located.
This grist mill was our first stop.
Isn't this such a beautiful old building? You can't tell from this photo but that water wheel is turning. And they are grinding flour inside. From what I understand local growers are allowed to use the mill in exchange for contributing their hours educating the public who come to see the facility.
Jake enjoyed learning about the history of this place...even if it was a dreary rainy day..
This photo is from the back side of the building...
fun to photograph at any angle...
These are the grinding stones used inside. There is a whole row of these old ones set into the hillside outside the building.
a view of the inside grinding area & grain elevators...
And the gears in the lowest level that are powered by that big water wheel outside.
Next stop just down the road is the Wayside Inn...if you go inside & tour the Inn you can see the room where George Washington once stayed. It is still a functioning Inn & Restaurant (the food is said to be fabulous here) If you want to learn more about this beautiful place you can find it here
Martha Mary Chapel is also on the same 1/4 mile stretch as The Grist Mill & the Wayside Inn. If you have seen Matthew McConaughey's recent movie "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" then you saw this church in a scene from that movie.
And just behind the church is The Little Red Schoolhouse. You've all heard the children's story "Mary had a little lamb" right? Well this is the schoolhouse from that nursery rhyme. Mary actually was from Sterling which is the next town over from where I live but in the 1920's Henry Ford had the schoolhouse moved here to this location.
Of course we couldn't go to the area without going to the place my grandparents took us to as kids when they came to visit...the Wayside country store.
Its very much the same as it was all those years ago...and I can remember that old cash register on the right side of the photo from my childhood trips here. Nana & Grandpa would give each of us a quarter & we were in heaven picking out our 25 pieces of penny candy to take home with us. It was really nostalgic for me to come here & to see Jake enjoying the same thing I had done as a kid.