The Martha-Mary Chapel is a beautiful church in the Wayside Inn Historic District in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The chapel was constructed in 1940 during the time when Henry Ford owned the property. Ford had set up an experimental school, known as the Wayside Boys School, and these students helped construct the chapel in 1940. It is said that much of the church was constructed using trees that had fallen in the surrounding area during the Hurricane of 1938.
Today, the beautiful white-clapboard chapel is a quintessential New England location. It sits perched on a small hill with a semi-circle walkway inviting guests to it. The church is not open to the public, but it is available as a wedding venue and special event space. Throughout the year, the operators of the Wayside Inn have opened it up for tours. If you are lucky enough to get inside (or peep in the windows) you will see beautiful lines of pews, stained glass windows, and a Waterford crystal chandelier.
The Martha-Mary Chapel is named for Henry Ford and Clara Ford’s mothers, Martha Bryant and Mary Litogot Ford.
- Year built: 1940
- Original function:
- Year added to NRHP: 1973
- NRHP number: 73000307
- Status: Public
- Admission cost: Free to walk around. Only open for weddings and special events.
- Address: 35 Dutton Rd
- Town: Sudbury
- State: Massachusetts
- GPS: Lat 42.358626 Lng -71.471787
- Parking notes: There is a large dirt parking lot about 100 feet to the east of the chapel. Parking is free. Additionally, parking can be found in front of the Wayside Inn Grist Mill.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE