The iconic Ashland Hostel on Main Street, where author Cheryl Strayed and thousands of Pacific Crest Trail hikers and other wanders have stayed for decades, is being sold as a single-family residence. That means the 1910 Craftsman-style structure, built in the destination city’s oldest residential neighborhood, could return to its roots.
The home was first owned by Samuel J. Wyatt, a building contractor who bought the lot in 1909 near the first school, the Skidmore Academy, according to historian George Kramer, who worked to have the Skidmore Academy Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1912, Wyatt sold the property to C. H. and Myrtle Johnson, cementing the name as the Wyatt-Johnson House. In 1949, George Green used the property as an income-producing rental to supplement his salary as an editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings.
Mechanic Clarence A. Hartwell lived in the house in the