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Gardiner's Island,

c.3,000 acres (1,210 hectares), in Gardiners Bay between the two flukelike peninsulas of E Long Island, SE N.Y. It was settled by colonist Lion GardinerGardiner, Lion,
1599–1663, English colonist in America. Under contract with patentees of Connecticut, Gardiner designed and erected (1635–36) the blockhouse at Saybrook, which he defended in the Pequot War (1636–37).
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 in 1639 as the first permanent English settlement in New York state and has been owned since by his descendants.
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Later, the Gardiner family -- of East End, Gardiners Island fame -- owned the house, and the estate became a popular spot for the city's social elite in the Gatsby era.
Originally displayed in the FAO Schwartz toy store in New York before World War I, the record-setting train set was bought originally for the children of the rich and powerful Gardiner family (they hailed from what is now Gardiners Island, a part of Long Island, which gives an indication of how rich they were).