Stephen Gardner built the Gardner House in 1883. His daughter Annie, who married Nathaniel S. Littlefield, ran it for many years. In 1888, 16 new rooms were added for a total of 54 and the dining room was enlarged by 50 feet. Later there was said to be 100 rooms. Captain Gardner had a long career on the water, first on sailing vessels, then on steamboats. The captain of Jamestown’s first steam ferryboat, he was born in Jamestown in 1815 and died here in 1898
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