SUDBURY – The Wayside Inn Foundation, the nonprofit organization responsible for the preservation of The Wayside Inn Historic Site, announced today, September 30, it has entered into a new retail partnership for operation of its gift shop with Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Plimoth Plantation, which successfully operates seven museum shops across its three main locations, will oversee purchasing, merchandising, and sales for The Wayside Inn’s gift shop.
The newly-imagined space will offer Wayside Inn branded items as well as goods that are reflective of the historic site’s mission.
“We are thrilled to welcome Plimoth Plantation to our property. This serves as a platform for building stronger relationships between our two organizations which we hope will include collaborative programming, membership benefits and more,” said Gary Christelis, President of the Board of Trustees of The Wayside Inn Foundation. “We know that our guests will be excited with the new store concept and merchandise, much of which features our new logo.”
“We are excited about this collaborative opportunity and to be part of historic Wayside Inn’s vision for enhancing its retail offerings as part of the overall guest experience,” said Beth Boyce, Plimoth Plantation’s Director of Retail Operations.
The shop is now open Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. through Christmas.
The Wayside Inn Foundation is a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1944 to preserve and operate the Wayside Inn Historic Site, a historic property on the National Register of Historic Places with over 100 acres and 9 historic buildings, including the famed Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, believed to be the oldest operating inn in the United States. The organization, led by an all-volunteer board of trustees, also promotes early American humanities and culture through hospitality, lodging, education, programming, and events.
Plimoth Plantation is the living history museum of the United States’ foundation in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. A private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit with an educational mission, the museum provides engaging encounters with history built on thorough research about the Wampanoag and English communities in the 1600s. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, from mid-March through the end of November. The museum is supported by admission fees, contributions and memberships.
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