History of the Garden House

The Garden House Bed and Breakfast was built in 1896 by the heir to the Hannibal Saw Mill Co. and the Hannibal Sash and Co. The family loved the woodlands and outdoors, and their love for the natural landscape still glows in each room.

In 1905, the house belonged to Charles H. Trowbridge of the Duffy-Trowbridge Stove Manufacturing Co., then the most important industry in town. It later passed to Trowbridge’s son, Charles Albert, who lived in the home in the 1920s. It then was owned by Will Griswold, founder of the furniture still operating on South Main today.

The Garden House has sheltered a long list of the early aristocracy, industrious entrepreneurs and the leaders that have helped to make the city of Hannibal, Missouri great. The pictures and artifacts of many of these families can be seen hanging on the walls today, adding even more great character and history to the B&B.

Garden House is among the most highly rated and highly regarded vacation destinations in Hannibal. Explore the town, see the sights and enjoy a relaxing getaway at Garden House. Call Garden House today at 573-221-7800 or reserve a room online now and start planning your vacation.

When I find a well-drawn character in fiction or biography I generally take a warm personal interest in him, for the reason that I have known him before--met him on the river Mark Twain


All Rooms Above Have Semi-Private Baths



Southwest Suite (South ajoins West Room) $239- Bath off West room

Northwest Suite (North and West Rooms)  $239- Bath between rooms


The Garden House Today

 Guests have the rule of the house in the Garden House's two parlors (historically, a gentlemen's and a ladies'), two foyers (downstairs and upstairs) and formal Iris dining room, historic front porch area.  All our bedrooms are appointed with Euro featherbeds,  pillows and comforters, triple-sheeted high thread count linens, soft, subtle cotton lounging robes, Wi-Fi accessible, local TV /DVD in each bedroom.


The South Room has a King brass bed with a yellow rose decor and a view of the Mississippi River.


The East Room boasts a unique four-poster Queen canopy bed and also overlooks the Mighty Mississippi River.


The West room is a secluded, quiet area of home with a beautiful cherry wood King size sleigh bed with afternoon sun.

The North room is decorated in soft, purple Victorian hues with a comfortable Queen size Oak ladder bed.


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