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  • ID: I10305
  • Name: Samuel HOW , Col 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Samuel /Howe/, Col
  • Birth: 20 OCT 1642 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA 2
  • Death: 13 APR 1713 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA 3
  • Note:
    The Wayside Inn in Sudbury (the oldest continually operating tavern/inn in the USA--good food & hospitality) was apparently started by Samuel's son David in 1716 on part of the Sudbury land that Samuel and his father John had acquired. The land bordered on the Boston Post Road and the Howe family started providing food and drink to passing travelers. The tavern/inn was carried on by David's son Ezekial who renamed it from "How Tavern" to "Red Horse Tavern" in 1746. It was later renamed as the Wayside Inn after Longfellow wrote his collection of short stories/verses "Tales of a Wayside Inn" while staying there for an extended period.


    The following material came from the website:

    Longfellow's Wayside Inn
    On the Old Boston Post Road
    just off State Route 20, Sudbury, Mass.
    508-443-1776 or 800-339-1776

    One Autumn night, in Sudbury town,
    Across the meadows bare and brown,
    The windows of the wayside inn
    Gleamed red with fire-light through the leaves ...

    So opens Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside Inn, a collection of stories in verse first published in 1863. In the Tales, a group of travelers who happen to be staying at the inn one autumn night share stories between themselves and with the landlord.

    Back then, the inn was known as the Red Horse Tavern and had already been operating for more than a century. In honor of Longfellow's book, the Sudbury, Mass., inn was renamed the Wayside Inn, and today is called Longfellow's Wayside Inn. It is the oldest continuously operating inn in the United States.

    You too can sit and share tales, and beer, in the Wayside Inn. You can also dine and spend the night.

    The How family bought the property on which the inn sits in the 1670s. In 1702 David How built a two-room homestead at the site. He obtained a tavern license in 1716 and converted the building into an inn, which originally was called How's Tavern.

    The inn's location on the Boston Post Road made it a popular stopover point for all manner of travelers. Under Massachusetts Bay Colony laws, an innkeeper had to furnish accommodations for a man's cattle and horses as well as the man himself; thus, the sign out front reads, "Food, Drink and Lodging for Man, Woman and Beast" (the innkeepers added "woman" in recent years).

    Ezekiel How took over his father's tavern in 1746, and tradition holds that it was he who renamed it the Red Horse. As Colonel Ezekiel How, he met with members of the Boston Committee of Safety at the inn in the spring of 1775. How led the Sudbury detachment to the Battle of Concord Bridge on April, 19, 1775, and they fired some of the first shots of the Revolutionary War.

    The Wayside Inn continued to offer lodgings of some sort throughout the years. Henry Ford purchased the inn in 1923. Ford wanted to preserve the inn for future generations, and he filled it with furniture and fittings of the period. A fire in December 1955 destroyed all but two rooms of the inn; fortunately, the Old Bar Room was one of those saved. The inn was restored to its mid- to late-19th century appearance, and today it's a National Historic Site.

    You too can sit and share tales, and beer, in the Wayside Inn. You can also dine and spend the night; the inn has 10 guestrooms and is a popular site for weddings and special events. Or, just stop by for a visit and check out the museum rooms, which are filled with period furnishings. The inn also has a bakery and gift shop.

    Each of the seven dining rooms contains a fireplace, as does the tavern. The dining rooms feature traditional New England fare, from steak to lobster pie to Indian pudding, served by costumed waitstaff. At the bar you can order a Coow Woow, a rum-based drink that is billed as America's first cocktail; or a Stonewall, which dates to colonial times. Large groups can partake in Meeting House Punch, made with beer, rum, sugar and lemons. Beer choices include Samuel Smith's, Sam Adams and Post Road, plus a house-label amber ale.

    Allow yourself time to tour the grounds and the fine gardens. Nearby are an old schoolhouse, chapel, and a grist mill that grinds the flour used in the Wayside Inn's baked goods.

    Revolutionary War buffs will want to mark April 19 on their calendar, when the Sudbury Companies of Minute and Militia and the Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps make the 12-mile journey to Concord to re-enact the Battle of Concord.


    October 1997

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    Father: John HOW b: 20 NOV 1620 in Hodnell, Southam, Warwickshire, England
    Mother: Mary (Martha) JONES b: 1618 in England

    Marriage 1 Martha BENT b: 29 AUG 1643 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    • Married: 5 JUN 1663 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA 4
    1. Has No Children Mary HOWE b: 2 MAR 1664/65 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    2. Has No Children Samuel HOWE b: 19 MAY 1668 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    3. Has No Children Martha HOWE b: 9 OCT 1669 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    4. Has No Children Daniel HOWE b: 9 OCT 1672 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    5. Has No Children David HOWE b: 2 NOV 1674 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    6. Has Children Hannah HOWE b: 6 APR 1677 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA
    7. Has No Children John HOWE b: 24 JUL 1664 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA

    1. Title: The Sudbury Archives,
      Page: How, John - Will dated 24 May 1680
    2. Title: The Sudbury Archives,
      Page: How, Samuel - Birth Record
    3. Title: The Sudbury Archives,
      Page: How, Samuel - Death Record
    4. Title: The Sudbury Archives,
      Page: How, Samuel - Marriage Record
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