The Gander Inn before it was a Motel, Circa 1912
This historical building has been through many conversions over the years. The house was built in 1912 for the Orr family. Then in 1943 the Orr family donated this home to the village of Lewellen to become a hospital, Lewellen Community Hospital, which was moved to it's current location at 105 Church Street. The operating room was on the first floor; after the doctor was finished with the surgery, patients were carried upstairs to a private room for recovery. There were many children in Garden County born in this hospital from 1943 to the late 1960's.
Room # 7 was used as the delivery room, and the current bathroom upstairs was the nursery. The original scrub sink used is still in use today. The original baby scale used during that time is still currently displayed at the Inn. The nursing home was added to the right side of the hospital which later became the motel rooms of today. The cottage was originally used as the nurses quarters.