This lovely home was built in 1900 and is now known as the Prairie House Inn. The home was restored to its original glorious detail, and includes all the necessary modern facilities and features to accommodate guests in comfort and style. Local records indicate that this was the first home in Molalla to have water and electricity installed. Historical paint colors were used to complement the design, as well as the furnishings, art and decor to reflect the era.
Prairie House Inn is named for the "prairie house" design developed by a creative group of architects in Chicago (around 1893), known as the Prairie School. The home-style design plans could be found in the Sears and Roebuck catalogue. The Prairie House style is one of the few original American styles lasting over two decades. Prairie House Inn still proudly displays its original old-growth Douglas fir siding, flooring and millwork now refinished to it's original luster.
The historical name for the home was Moody-Eckerd House as Ira and Dora Moody are thought to be the original owners/builders. William T. Eckerd acquired the property in 1906, and from this house, William, along with his son, Rolla, delivered mail for what was called the "Free Daily Routes 2 and 3". The mail delivery horses were stabled in a barn once located behind the house. The Eckerd family remained in the home until the mid 1950's with only two other owners living in the home before it was acquired in 2004 by Tootie and Nate Smith who converted it into the Prairie House Inn, Bed and Breakfast in beautiful Molalla, Oregon!
In 2018 The Delbridge Family bought the home to start on its new adventure....
The Delbridge Family Story
Annette (Peters) was born and raised in the Molalla area and graduated from Molalla High School in 1981. In 1986 she met Scott through family friends and they were married in 1988 in Molalla. Life took them across the country and back and in 2001, Scott was asked to be the pastor of the Nazarene Church bringing them back to Molalla. Their three sons Peter, Drew and Ty grew up in Molalla and all graduated from Molalla High School like their mother. In 2010, the family bought a coffee cart from Colton and moved it to it's current location at 806 E. Main St., the old Jan's Katch-all location, and started Cowboy Coffee. With the drive through up and running the family desired to create a place for people to gather and share. In 2018, the Delbridge's bought the Prairie House Inn. This endeavor allowed them to create a sit down coffee shop, preserve the historic building and help guests create new and lasting memories.