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Historic Inn Turns To Amnesty To Reclaim Its Past Treasures

Destination & Tourism | Gabe Zaldivar | September 23, 2016

Historic Inn Turns To Amnesty To Reclaim Its Past Treasures

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Many of you know the hardship of looking up one day and realizing you have lent all your best tools, music and movies to friends over the years. It’s enough to send out a plea on social media for them to just return them and offer that no questions will be asked.

Now imagine you’re a historic hotel.

That’s the plight according to The Telegraph, which references a Boston Globe report whose link no longer works.

The hotel in question is The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts, which has been in operation since way back in 1716.

Being open that long means many have come by and swiped more than just towels. Things have become so dire that the hotel is offering amnesty to anyone returning trinkets, doodads and thingamabobs they may have pilfered over the centuries.

Just return the stuff and you can go along your way, as clear in your conscience as if you finally returned that book to the library that’s been on your shelf since the early 90s.

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And when you see how quaint and gorgeous the inn is you will want to help in the cause.







The Telegraph quotes innkeeper Steve Pickford who spoke to the Boston Globe and explains: “As you know, at hotels people tend to grab stuff here and there. Over the year, things disappear.”

One of those “things” was a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Pickford continues: “That’s a valuable artifact that we would want to display here. We have CSI type stuff so if we ever came across the real one, we would know.”

Unfortunately, that’s not all: “Sadly, we’ve even had some historic prints and paintings unscrewed from the walls and disappear. We want to give everyone an opportunity to look their things. You never know what’s going to be turned in.”

It’s rather depressing to think that some guests would go above and beyond to steal items they know full well hold monetary and cultural value to this historic inn.

It’s one thing to take some lotion or, gasp, even a towel. But leave the invaluable historical documents alone.

Or, if you have them, give them up and perhaps sleep easier at night.

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