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Broadway Hotel

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 Daniel Durrel purchased a sizable portion of the land surrounding St. John Street from the heirs of the Waldron family and in the early 1920’s he built his house on the corner of St. John and Charles (Broadway). By 1894 the house was owned by Daniel Bradley who, with the aid of a large loan, converted the house into the Broadway Hotel. When the Broadway opened its doors, there were 26 rooms, a dining room, steam heat and water, and gas—all for $2.00 a night. By the 1930’s the Broadway was known as the Strafford Inn. The hotel was owned by the Bradley family well into the 1940’s.
        From the 1983 Heritage Walking Tour booklet


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