One man was responsible for developing a grape that could withstand the harsh New England weather.... Ephraim Bull. In the 1840s he started the arduous task of breeding and cross-breeding samples of grape vines in his long task of getting the results he hoped for but could never be sure it would work until he had the first Concord Grape vine growing in 1850.
He was a much better vineyard master than he was a business man. He sold his original vines to other local growers for $5 (a large price back then) who quickly grew more of the vines themselves and just as quickly underpriced poor Ephraim with their copies of the vines and grapes. He was eventually elected into the Massachussets house of representatives.
His epithat is "he sowed, others reaped"
to get there:
take I-95 to route 2, go west to downtown Concord and connect to route 62, go east on
Bedford Road (route 62) to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Just down the road from Concord we come to Sudbury. Here you find Longfellow's Wayside Inn. After publication of "The Tales of a Wayside Inn" in 1863, the Red Horse Inn became Longfellow's Wayside Inn by popular acceptance. It started as a 2 room homestead-turned-inn in 1702, licensed as an inn from 1716.
Please see my Travelogue for more pics of the interiors at the Inn.
The Wayside Inn is a non-profit educational and charitable trust. The original trust was established by Mr. Henry Ford in 1946. After a disastrous fire the Inn was restored in 1956 by a grant from the Ford foundation.
Revenue from the Inn's operation is used to maintain and continue its restoration.
I quote from the literature... "Built in 1940 by Henry Ford in memory of his mother-in-law and mother; this non-denominational chapel is one of six Henry Ford built in the U.S. Here is served as daily chapel for the Wayside Inn Boy's School, The Red Stone School House and the South West School. It is now the site of many weddings and events."
I'm afraid I never did find out why Henry Ford took such an interest in this particular area. If any of you know, I'd like to hear from you. Funny that he would have six different churches built around the country.
The Grist Mill is a reproduction built by Henry Ford in 1929. He cared about the importance of remembering the water powered mills and so he had this one built to resemble David How's 1700 grist mill. There are wonderful park like grounds surrounding it....a wonderful babbling brook running through it. Easy to find in Sudbury. There are signs to the Wayside Inn and all the little surrounding buildings which I will picture here are clearly visible along the small two lane road.
This is the house that Walter Gropius built for himself when he moved from Germany to the US. It is unlike any of the neighboring structures and played a significant role in the American architecture of the later 20th century Gropius founded the Bauhaus in Germany, the company famous for designs like the Breuer chair by Marcel Breuer and other simple designs using metal and wood.
Coincidentally, the people who live next door to this house have 'Brewer' on their mailbox.
68 Baker Bridge Road
I pass this tree every day on the way home. Took this picture from the car passing by it in October. Watching it change throughout the year is a joy. There are probably hundreds of back roads worth driving down in Concord and the surrounding towns that have kept their rustic character.
Behind the museum that sits near the Old North Bridge is a secret garden complete with overgrown cobblestone paths, views over the bridge and the Concord River, stairways, and gates. If you can find it, eplor it to your heart's content...it constantly surprises with its winding and circuitous paths.
Go canoeing on the Concord River, in the fall especially the river is beautiful, winding through reds, yellows, and oranges and through the purples and deep reds of wetlands. From the river there are great views of the Old North Bridge and the colonial mansions that sit on hills overlooking it.
Beautiful job of recreating an old grist mill. Altho it isn't the authentic thing...they have done an admirable job with the stone work.
The water would actually wear down the mill stones after a while, but the old timers would just pile them here and there. Use them for steps...whatever.
To sit on a bench and read a book in the shade of a big old tree.....just walk over the little bridge...it's not far.
Acorns, seeds, fruits, berries, and grasses are its main foods. They are cute and quite friendly... and their whistle are loud !!! :)