In 1926, our founder Hugh C. Gardiner, Jr. began working at his uncle A.C. Gardiner's country store which was located at Lothair Station just behind our current location. At the time the business was a large country store that sold everything from dry goods and clothing to hardware. A year later, Hugh acquired the International Harvester contract and began supplying the local farming community with the equipment that would take them from horse to horsepower. His very first tractor sold, a McCormick-Deering 10-20, was to his father, a Waldorf farmer. The transition from horse-to-tractor farming was complete with the introduction of the Farmall Cub, a one-row cultivating tractor especially suited for the tobacco production of which Southern Maryland was known.
In 1947, Hugh C. Gardiner, Jr. took over the business and built a new building on U.S. Route 301, which is now called Crain Highway. Hugh C. Gardiner III joined the company in 1959 and it was then incorporated as Hugh C. Gardiner, Inc. In 1961, International Harvester came out with the original Cub Cadet which paved the way for our entry into the outdoor power equipment industry. This was followed by adding quality lines such as STIHL, Ferris, Land Pride, and others. In 1990, our inventory went from mostly red to orange when we became a full-line Kubota dealer. The companies we have chosen to partner with offer an array of quality options for our farm, homeowner, and commercial landscape customers. In the spring of 2015, Hugh C. Gardiner, Inc. opened a sales and parts outlet in Hollywood MD just a minute north of the Hollywood VFD on route 235. This allows us to be more convenient for our St. Mary's and Calvert County customers. This location continues to grow and will be adding a service department in the very near future.
Like Southern Maryland, much has changed over the years at Hugh C. Gardiner, Inc., but what has stayed the same are the values taught by our founder and continued now into the third generation of the Gardiner family. Although we are not perfect, it has always been an unwritten rule to provide the best customer experience through honest and fair pricing, friendly and professional service, and a true concern for providing the equipment that suits our customer's needs. For over eighty years now we have genuinely sought to honor these principles in the course of our daily operation and will continue to do so for years to come.