HENRY FORD’S HISTORIC
WAYSIDE COUNTRY STORE
The Wayside Country Store was built in 1790 and
stood in the center of Sudbury, where it was used as a post office,
general store and school. On the second floor was a grand ballroom.
Henry Ford purchased this building in 1928 and moved it by oxen to its
present site on Hager Pond. The store's interior is still much the same
as when Henry Ford ran it. It was the first country store in the United
States to be re-established and restored. A dam located at one end of
the pond accounts for the store's logo,
“BEST COUNTRY STORE BY A DAM SITE.”
The foundation of the Wayside Country Store was
made from boulders dug from the grounds, and the basement supporting
pillars are huge tree trunks. The stairs leading from the cellar are
hand carved from solid wood logs and the steps are held together with
wooden pegs. Mr. Ford arranged it so the pegs in every third step were
loose and creaked when stepped on to give notice of any burglar climbing
the stairs. Ducks, swans and geese mill around the premises and
children take great delight in feeding them. Wild ducks and their
families gather at the pond, as do large snapping turtles.
To this day the store relies on a
pot-bellied stove for heat. Merchandise ranges from pickles in a large
barrel to the famous Ginger Snaps, and
hundreds of other country store items. A step back in time awaits you
when you enter.
Incorporated into the Country Store is a gift and collectible shop. The collectibles are the most popular in the market today.
Many travelers find New England area items to
bring back as remembrances of their visit. Wayside boasts an extensive
assortment of area themed gifts whether in souvenir gifts or food items.
For the ultimate shopping experience visit the
Olde Tyme Candy Store connected to the General Store. Hundreds of jars
of candy await you. Viewing the finest specialty candies and chocolates
(also in sugar free) is quite an experience in itself.
Children will delight in our ever changing
displays of stuffed animals, novelty toys, children’s books and puzzles.
These unusual items can make any child squeal with happiness.. Browse
our card section of Local made and Blue Mountain cards for all
A trip to the Wayside Olde Tyme Candy Store will
have you leaving with a smile. Customers fondly reminisce about their
trips by car or bike when they visited the candy store many years ago.
Located minutes away is the Historic Wayside Inn
made known by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in “Tales of a Wayside Inn”.
The Inn has been frequented by presidents, nobility and movie stars.
Also located here is the Stone Grist Mill, which still grinds grain for
use at the inn for their baking. Henry Ford had the Martha Mary Chapel
built as a tribute to his mother Martha and his mother-in-law Mary. The
little red schoolhouse made famous in the poem “Mary had a Little Lamb”
is also located on this property next to the church.