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Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury is where, according to the inn’s website, “Henry Wadsworth Longellow wrote a series of poems focused on a group of fictitious characters that regularly gathered at the old ... tavern. The poems were published in 1863 as the ‘Tales of a Wayside Inn.’ Innkeeper Lyman Howe was the inspiration for ‘The Landlord’s Tale,’ more widely known as ‘The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.’ ’’
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury is where, according to the inn’s website, “Henry Wadsworth Longellow wrote a series of poems focused on a group of fictitious characters that regularly gathered at the old ... tavern. The poems were published in 1863 as the ‘Tales of a Wayside Inn.’ Innkeeper Lyman Howe was the inspiration for ‘The Landlord’s Tale,’ more widely known as ‘The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.’ ’’ Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Bill Nurney, 91, and his wife bought their Sudbury home in 1961. At that time, it was known as “a pretty good town, but it wasn’t considered a really well-to-do town to the extent it is now,’’ Nurney said.

The family moved to Massachusetts from an arid Colorado community. “We came here and everything was so green and pretty. We got carried away,’’ he said.

Nurney and wife Denise, 88, raised five sons in the Concord Road house. Denise was once a hostess at the historic Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, where the couple have often brought out-of-town visitors “because it’s a special place,’’ Nurney said.

As the Nurneys have grown older, their appreciation for the community has deepened. Nurney praises the town’s senior center, which shows movies, hosts holiday dinners, and provides tax-preparation services. He appreciates its easy access to medical care, including Emerson Hospital in Concord and its Sudbury offices, and the coffee shop, “old-school’’ hardware store, and choice of grocery stores within a short drive. “Sudbury, for our situation right now, is perfect,’’ he said.

In addition to considering Sudbury “user-friendly,’’ Nurney has found his neighbors and town officials to be very caring. When vehicles were speeding past the Nurneys’ home, making it difficult to retrieve mail from their roadside mailbox, the police helped arrange for delivery to their door. It’s one of many such encounters that has kept the family in town all these years.

“In our view, there really are no negatives to Sudbury, other than the cost of living, but that’s high everywhere,’’ Nurney said. “If I had to do any of it over again, Sudbury would still be the place. No question.’’

Bill Nurney and his wife, Denise, bought their Sudbury home in 1961. —Handout

BY THE NUMBERS

300th

Anniversary that Longfellow’s Wayside Inn is celebrating this year. The landmark is said to be the oldest inn still in operation in the country.

Laura Lewis, right, takes a photo of Amy Openshaw at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill. —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

1963

Year the Wayside Inn Grist Mill first appeared as the Pepperidge Farm logo, on a package of Old Fashioned Butter Rolls. The mill produced the company’s whole wheat flour from 1952 to 1967.

01776

Sudbury’s patriotic ZIP code, which has no connection to the town’s prominent role in the Revolutionary War

$169,505

The median household income, according to the Census Bureau

PROS & CONS

Pro

Education

Sudbury’s public schools are highly regarded. On the 2015 MCAS, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School students scored 98 percent proficiency in English language arts, 95 percent in mathematics, and 90 percent in science. Niche.com ranked it No. 21 among the state’s public high schools this year.

Con

Housing costs

It can be difficult to afford and keep a home here: The median home value is $692,000, according to Zillow.com, while the average property tax bill is a bit over $12,000.

Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury is where, according to the inn’s website, “Henry Wadsworth Longellow wrote a series of poems focused on a group of fictitious characters that regularly gathered at the old … tavern. The poems were published in 1863 as the ‘Tales of a Wayside Inn.’ Innkeeper Lyman Howe was the inspiration for ‘The Landlord’s Tale,’ more widely known as ‘The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.’ ’’ —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Goodnow Library —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
One of the horses that greets guests at the entrance of the Inn on the Horse Farm —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
An old signpost at the intersection of Haynes and Pantry roads —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Presbyterian Church of Sudbury and the Grange Hall —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Revoluationary War Cemetery and Presbyterian Church of Sudbury —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Jean and Charlie Rogers have lunch at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn and are greeted by waiter Timothy Flynn. —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Lyons Pride/SMILE playground —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
The view from Town Hall —Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Rachel Lebeaux can be reached at rachel_lebeaux@yahoo.com.