Monthly Archives: July 2009

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (1716)

The Wayside Inn in Sudbury is the oldest operating Inn in the United States and was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s sequence of poems, Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863). Built in 1716, the Inn was first known as Howe’s … Continue reading

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Munroe Tavern (1695)

Munroe Tavern, located one mile east of Lexington Common, was built around 1695. The Tavern is named for William Munroe, who was its proprietor from 1770 to 1827. Munroe was also an orderly sergeant in Captain Parker’s minuteman company in … Continue reading

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The Horatio Coomes House (1840)

Having earlier lived in what is now known as the Coomes-Almquist House, around 1840 Horatio Coomes built a brick house at 918 Longmeadow Street in Longmeadow. In building this early Italianate house, Coomes undoubtedly used bricks produced in his own … Continue reading

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The Coomes-Almquist House (1831)

The house of Horatio Coomes at the south end of Longmeadow Green was built around 1831, although parts may have been built earlier, as there were buildings on the property when it was sold to Coomes in 1826. Coomes later … Continue reading

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North Congregational Church, Springfield (1873)

In 1868, H.H. Richardson won a commission to design the North Congregational Church in Springfield. Originally intended to be built where the congregation’s preceding church building was located, the plans for construction did not go through until a new site … Continue reading

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First Church of Christ in Longmeadow (1768)

Where today there is a flagpole on Longmeadow Green, the town’s first church, built in 1716, once stood. By 1764 it was decided that, owing to the great number of repairs the building needed, a new church should be constructed. … Continue reading

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Buckman Tavern (1690)

Buckman Tavern, off Lexington Green, was built in 1690 by Benjamin Muzzey and by a license granted in 1693, it became the first Public House in Lexington. In the coming years it was run by Muzzey‘s son John, then by … Continue reading

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