along rte. 30
19th century up until the middle of the 20th century with its heyday from 1890
to 1940. Now dilapidated, probably beyond repair, this old tourist attraction
now sits off to the side of Route 30 staring at the passers-by with it's glassless
windows and collapsed porch, an enormous structure that was one of the most
beautiful in its day.
From "Pictorial History of Sudbury" I quote the following; "Sudbury's most famous hotel would no doubt be
The above picture is how the Hyde Manor looked around the turn of the century. click the images to see them bigger
click the images to see them bigger
"In 1862 the hotel was destroyed by fire and the present building was erected by James Hyde in 1865. His son, A.W. Hyde then took over the new hotel, which would accomodate two hundred guests and became the perfect resort for families with children. James K. Hyde was later born to A.W. in 1874 and he grew to be the fourth generation to carry on the business and himself produced the fifth and last generation to own the inn. On March 27, 1944 one of the most spectacular fires to ever take place in Sudbury occurred when the 70 room annex of Hyde Manor burned. No official estimates of the loss was at hand, but it was thought to be a $75,000 loss (in 1944). The annex was built with the best materials; built entirely of clear wood with no knots and tremendously solid. The floor josits were three by twelve inches in dimension and set at a distance of 10 inches on all floors. The central building, barns and the Hyde Cottages to the North were undamaged by the fire."
In the 1960's the Hyde Manor changed hands and for the first time in over 150 years was no longer in the Hyde family. For a short while it was run as a hotel called the Top of the Seasons but with the change in times, so came the change in leisure and it did not do as well as in its prime time. It was (is?) owned by Ed Dlhos who started the Green Mountain Spring Water business using the famous natural springs on the property but that too was short lived as was an attempt to ressurect the golf course on the land. Everything now lies abandoned, rotting and all but forgotten.
Excerpt From A Letter Published in 1915