Our History


The Salt Box house was constructed by Ebenezer Howe, one of the first settlers of the area.  At that time the eighty-acre lot was part of Winchendon.  Mr. Howe was one of the signers of the petition for incorporating the new town of Gardner.


The home was purchased by the Eaton Family and remained with them until the 1900’s.

The house was later purchased by furniture factory owner, Mr. Keyworth, at the turn of the century.  He updated the house, barn, and landscape, including planting hundreds of Black Walnut trees.


A hurricane destroyed the barn that was rebuilt.


The house was bought by Herb Brooks, who added a sunroom and many gardens. He restored much of the interior of the house as well as adding a large breezeway and fireplace between the house and barn which was originally from Vermont. It was disassembled and then reassembled on site.


The house, barn and 9 acres of land purchased by the McTigue Family (Dr. Mike). The breezeway and barn were taken down and a new hospital was built.


The Gardner Animal Care Center opened in June.


The house was completely restored and used as office space.

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Since 1988, the goal of the veterinarians and staff at Gardner Animal Care Center has been to assemble and maintain a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care.

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Our Address

73 Eaton Street
Gardner, MA 01440
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Our Hours

Mon -  Fri: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Contact Info

Call: 978-632-7110
Fax: 978-632-7354
Email: [email protected]

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