Wayside Inn Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
[Unidentified--home movies], 0738
Credit: Wayside Inn Collection, Northeast Historic Film. A man guides oxen pulling a plow to clear pathways on the grounds of Longfellow's Wayside Inn, 1932.
Credit: Excerpt from Wayside Inn Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Peach farming, ca.1930s.
Primary Format and Extent
film (2,850 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
Collection Date Range
1930s
Summary
The Wayside Inn Collection consists of eight reels of 16 mm. film shot in the 1930s. Many of the reels contain intertitles referencing events that took place in 1932. The bulk of the collection contains footage of activities at the Henry Ford Wayside Inn Boys School as well as various activities on the grounds of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Footage depicts winter scenes (shoveling snow, using oxen to plow the pathways on the grounds, and hockey games), scenes of the farm animals in spring, the water wheel at the Grist Mill, and some peach picking. School activities depicted include various pageants, balls, ceremonies (graduations, tree-plantings), school plays, and field trips including one trip to Lake George in the Adirondacks. The collection also contains a film using “Mary’s Lamb” from "McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader.” The camera shows the text of the poem and pairs each verse with footage of a young girl, her lamb, her teacher and other school children acting out the text.
Biographical/Historical Notes
The Wayside Inn Under Henry Ford’s Historic Preservation (1923-1960)
With the purchase of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (est. 1716) in 1923, Henry Ford envisioned transforming the Colonial era inn into a living museum of American history, an interest that predates the development of both Greenfield Village and Colonial Williamsburg. Under Ford’s private ownership, the Inn continued to operate as a hotel and restaurant. His stature brought the Inn to a level of recognized international significance, and with that, came prominent visitors such as Calvin Coolidge and Charles Lindbergh. As important as the living museum concept was to Ford, the Wayside Inn also afforded him a rustic venue with which to conduct his annual “Vagabond” retreats with friends Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, and John Burroughs.

The Inn provided a convenient break for the Ford family as they traveled by train from Michigan to family property in Maine every summer. The Hostess Diaries that were kept at Ford’s insistence chronicle the comings and goings of these visitors and record the delight with which the staff received the Ford children, Henry Ford II, William Clay Ford, Sr., and Josephine Ford.

Additions to the Inn’s landscape made by Henry Ford include the Martha-Mary Chapel (1941), a popular wedding venue, and the Grist Mill (1929), a full-time Pepperidge Farm production facility from 1952–1967, and the last fully operational mill in the Northeast. http://www.wayside.org/tour/wayside-inn-grist-mill (cited 05/25/2010).
Further reading on the history of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn can be found at http://www.wayside.org/history/ford (cited 5/25/2010)

Place(s)
Repository
Northeast Historic Film
Availability
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://www.oldfilm.org/research for more information.
Items in this collection: 8
Showing 1 - 8 of 8:
1) [Unidentified—home movies] Reel 1
Intertitle: “A TRIP AROUND WAYSIDE INN FEBRUARY 5, 1932.” Intertitle: “REAL WINTER AT LAST” followed by men and boys shoveling grounds. Intertitle: “SHOVELING OUT THE INN” followed by...more
2) [Unidentified—home movies] Reel 2
Grainy footage, hard to make out what is happening. Live Nativity scene. Shot of dining staff in line with aprons. Men working on the roof. Shot of large building with white columns...more
3) [Unidentified—home movies] Reel 3
Beginning is an exact duplicate of reel one – see 0738.0001. Only exception: The Intertitle “IT’S BEAUTIFUL! BUT HARD ON THE OXEN” appears backwards in this reel. Duplication ends wit...more
4) [Unidentified—home movies] Reel 4
Blindfolded man follows blindfolded boy around a table in middle of seated audience. Intertitle: “WALTZ CIRCLE” followed by couples dancing (waltzing) and a shot of the musicians playi...more
5) [Unidentified—home movies] Reel 5
Shot of children dressed up, standing together holding rolled paper with ribbons tied around documents (diplomas or certificates). Dark shot of boys in tuxedos or suits standing one by...more
6) [Unidentified—home movies] Reel 6
Hockey. Intertitle: “THIS TEAM, ‘THE BOYS’ PLAYED HARD.” followed by shot of boys’ team. Intertitle: “BUT THIS TEAM, ‘THE FACULTY’ WON.” followed by shot of faculty team. Footage of...more
7) [Unidentified—home movies] Reel 7
Shot of a cover of a book that reads: Second Eclectic Reader. Shot of title page. Hands flip through the book and stop on a page. Close-up of text and a pointer pen follow words to “...more
8) [Unidentified—home movies] Reel 8
Peaches. Men loading crates. Wide shot of trees. An orchard and landscape. Shot from above of trucks and stacked crates. Men move crates into piles. A horse team pulls a wagon to t...more
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