John McCall house is one example of Ashland’s historic architecture. Located at 153 Oak Street, just a block from Lithia Park and the Shakespeare Festival, this Victorian Italianate mansion was built in 1883 by L.S.P. Marsh, who also built the Isaac Woolen House.
This was the residence of Captain John McCall and his wife Lizzie. In 2003, this beauty was fully restored.
He and She
John was a gold prospector before moving to Oregon. He founded Ashland Woolen Mill, Ashland Library, Ashland Daily Tidings, and the Bank of Ashland.
Lizzie was a suffragette who traveled by ox team from Iowa to Ashland.
Together they raised four children: Lydia, Elsie, John Junior, and their adopted daughter Anna.
This home is full of history. While the McCalls lived there, President Hayes and General Sherman were counted as guests.
The ten guest rooms feature romantic antiques and current amenities. The antiques had a flair for the roots of this place and even the rooms pay tribute to its history. Each room is named for a different member of the family or famous dignitary.
You might have to stay here ten different times to get a view of each of the rooms. Who knows, you might prefer the “sleeping porch” to the “General Sherman” guestroom.
Wishing you joy in your home!