“Haunted” Sudbury Inn Attracts Believers

By Paul Burton, WBZ-TV

SUDBURY (CBS) — Set on 125 acres, the beautiful, rustic Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury is a popular Valentine’s Day spot.

“We will be filled with couples during day and night. We are sold out Saturday through Monday,” Innkeeper John Cowden said.

Cowden says its also Wayside’s rich history that brings people here. “Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford have stayed here,” Cowden said.

But aside from its romantic setting and fine dining lies the mysterious love story of Jerusha Howe, better known as the Belle of Sudbury.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.

“She was well educated, she was well dressed, loved to paint and read and sing to the guest and visitors of the Inn,” Cowden said.

Jerusha was the oldest sister of the last Howe innkeeper back in the 1800s. She lived in room number nine. She died unmarried in 1842. Legend has it that she died of a broken heart after her fiancée left and never came back.

But guests who’ve stayed here say Jerusha’s ghost often visits.

“People want this room because the history with Jerusha. Its ambiance, dark paneling and planks flooring,” Cowden said. There’s even a secret drawer society where guests can leave behind notes of what they experienced in room number nine. They claim they hear her playing her piano and her footsteps in the night.

Cowden says he’s not sure about the ghost stories. “I have not experienced them myself, but because we heard so many you just don’t know,” Cowden laughs.

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  • TiaMaria

    So that’s why my daughter saw Zak and Nick in Boston not too long ago?

    • Martha

      Next weeks episode they are in Salem. I remember reading that they were going to be in Salem in the Salem News a while back.

  • relocatednewenglander

    i had many an enjoyable meal in the dining room, walked the open space on the property, and had a beverage (or 2) in the tavern. had heard tales of jerusha.the wayside inn is a new england treasure.

  • Margaret

    I’ve slep in that room and DEFINITELY believe!

  • annmarie

    ghost hunters was there 1 years ago
    it was a good show

  • tsal

    Great place to go. We’ve been for dinner and lunch in just this past week and have had many wonderful picnics at the grist mill. The secret drawer society is one of the best parts of staying there. They have just started serving brunch on Sunday morning. Plan to try it next weekend! relocatednewenglander is very right that the Wayside Inn is a New England treasure. I also believe it is the oldest operating inn in the country.

  • davey

    Well it’s time to do an exorcism casting out these sprits in the name of Jesus Christ and trust me they will be cast out and gone. I will go there and do the exorcism.

    • Cliff

      Don’t be an idiot!!!It’s an intelligent haunting,and not doing any harm to anyone.

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