Room 9 is the room to get when staying at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn outside Sudbury, Massachusetts. It’s said to host the spirit of Jerusha, who has been known to snuggle up to male guests during the night, when they stay in the room alone. But don’t come expecting much in the way of modern entertainment. As it is one of the oldest rooms in the inn, great pains have been taken to keep the room with as much of a colonial era feel as possible, which means not even a TV.
If you look around, you’ll notice scraps of paper tucked into the ceiling which are notes from previous guests, typically talking about their stay at the inn, or their experiences with Jerusha. If you look real hard, there’s also a treasure box stashed in the room, which is well worth seeking out.
The Wayside Inn was where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stayed whilst forming the poem Paul Revere’s Ride, and is one of the oldest, if not oldest continually operating inns in the United States.
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