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Stay at Goodspeed home one last time

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The floral carved staircase inside the Goodspeed home took quite a journey to get to Tillamook.  


The story goes that it was shipped from Europe, traveled south around the Cape Horn of Chile and then up north to Oregon. It was installed inside the Victorian-style home built by Eli and Henry Goodspeed in 1890.* It’s still there to this day.


Photo by Nicole Peloquin Photography

“I love this home, when we came to look at it...I walked in and just knew we had to have it,” current owner of the home Natalie Pataki said. “I love history and antiques and this place has so much history and love.”


Eli Goodspeed was a prominent dairy farmer in the founding days of Tillamook. He was born in Genesee County, New York on December 30, 1827, one of seven children. After Eli’s father died when Eli was 10-yeard old, he helped support his family on their small rural farm. As a young man, Eli moved from New York to Ohio. It’s there that he married Emmarett Moffitt. They had three children: Columbus, Emma, and Henry. In 1863, the family traveled to Oregon by ox and wagon. They lived in various areas in the state until 1876 when Eli purchased 164 acres in Tillamook County. The deed to the land was signed by President Ulysses Grant. 


Eli and Emmarett’s youngest son Henry, nicknamed “Monty,” called Tillamook home for most of this life. He married Lillian Miller and inherited part of her father’s property which is now Tillamook’s Goodspeed Park.


Eli Goodspeed

In 1890, Eli and Monty took out a building loan of $3,000 to construct the still-standing home on 1st Street. It was intended to be a showcase in Tillamook as Monty and Lillian were known for their progressive tastes and modern conveniences.


The home remained in the Goodspeed family until the 1970s and then had several different owners before falling into disrepair. By 2015, major renovations were made to the property and in 2021 Natalie and her husband Peter Sok purchased the historic home.


“I'm glad the previous owners put so much love into it,” Natalie said. “We still have the original floors, most of the walls have been replaced with drywall, but we have noticed some spots with plaster behind some of the trim. They left a space under the stairs unfinished where you can see what the shiplap walls look like. We have a lot of the original fixtures and chandeliers stored in the attic as well. One is still used in our master bedroom.”


Natalie also loves the personalized Goodspeed cups that came with the home’s kitchen.


Photo by Nicole Peloquin Photography

Once purchasing the home, the couple decided to share the historical charm with travelers. Natalie and Peter live in an addition off the back of the home, while they rent their upstairs two-bedroom suite on Airbnb.

“Our suite is a little slice of history, like a museum you can sleep in,” Natalie said. “We have decorated the space with many antiques and beautiful vintage items. Some of the furniture is even over 130 years old, like the house!”


With a baby on the way for the Pataki family, this is the last summer they plan to rent out rooms. Book your stay in this historic home while you can!


Bookings for the “1890s Victorian Queen Anne on the Oregon Coast” can be made at Airbnb.


*Historical information provided by Tillamook County Pioneer Museum


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