Come help celebrate the 150th anniversary of this outstanding vernacular-style home with Queen Anne embellishments, owned by the Hobson family until 1997. The current owners, LCPS board member, Richard Garner, and his wife Mary will have their home decorated for Christmas and welcome visitors to partake of refreshments and to socialize whilst enjoying the charms of this remarkable gem. There is no charge for LCPS members. For nonmembers the admission fee is $5, which can be applied to a LCPS membership. Donations are welcome and all proceeds will benefit LCPS.
As to the home’s history: Widower William Hobson voyaged from England to New Orleans in January of 1843 with his son John, age 19, another son and three daughters. That spring, having traveled up the Mississippi to St. Louis, they joined the first great wagon train on the Oregon Trail, the first year of the ‘Great Migration,’ with up to 1000 members led by Marcus Whitman and Jesse Applegate. Upon arrival in Oregon, John married Diana Owens whom he had met on the wagon train, acquired a donation land claim on Clatsop Plains, and farmed and raised cattle until moving to their new riverfront home in Astoria in 1863. John Hobson, his wife Diana and their four children moved in on Christmas day of 1863.
In the 1880’s the city wanted to change the grade of the streets. Consequently John and his half-brothers filled the lawns and streets with earth from the hill above the house. Soon afterward the second story was added to the west side, and colored glass was installed in the upstairs hall, front door and parlor door. The veranda is original but the gingerbread trim was added about this time. The Hobsons were friendly with Indians and invited them to sleep in the woodshed or barn if they stayed in town too late to travel home.