The Shone-Charley House - Medford, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 42° 19.654 W 122° 52.662
10T E 510076 N 4686154
Quick Description: The owners of this beautifully-preserved Queen Anne home received a preservation award in 2008.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 2/4/2019 5:46:40 PM
Waymark Code: WM100X5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Monumented in front of a beautiful historic home is a bronze plaque that reads:

THE SHONE-CHARLEY HOUSE
WAVERLY COTTAGE

HISTORIC RENOVATION AWARD 2008

WAVERLY COTTAGE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SHONE-CHARLEY HOUSE, WAS CONSTRUCTED IN 1895 BY JOE SHONE IN THE QUEEN ANNE/EASTLAKE STYLE. SHONE WAS BORN IN ENGLAND IN 1865, AND ARRIVED IN MEDFORD IN 1895 WITH A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN. DESIGNED BY ARCHITECT W. J. BENNET, THE HOUSE IS A REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF COMPLEX DESIGN AND ELABORATE EMBELLISHMENT. DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF HIS HOME, JOE MANAGED THE BARNUM PLANING MILL, AND SERVED AS PRIMARY CONTRACTOR FOR THE WILKINSON-SWEM BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN MEDFORD. NAMED WAVERLY COTTAGE BY THE SHONES, THE HOUSE WAS SOLD TO WILLIAM AND ANDROMEDA CHARLEY IN 1901.

BORN IN 1832 IN HURSTTOWN, INDIANA, WILLIAM CHARLEY ARRIVED IN JACKSON COUNTY WITH HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN IN 1876. UPON RETIREMENT FROM RAISING CATTLE, THE CHARLEYS PURCHASED THE PROPERTY, AND THE HOUSE REMAINED IN THE CHARLEY FAMILY UNTIL 1978.

IN RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE IN THE HISTORICALLY SENSITIVE RESTORATION OF WAVERLY COTTAGE, OWNERS ROBERT AND TIFFANY POOL ARE AWARDED THIS PLAQUE BY THE MEDFORD LANDMARKS AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION.

This residence is currently home to a bed and breakfast. The home was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Photos from the NRHP Nomination Form in 1984 show the many embellishments that were removed from the home over the years. It is obvious when comparing photos from 1898, 1984 and today that much care and thought went into restoring this home to its former glory.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Historical Society

Marker Type: City

Region: Southern Oregon

County: Jackson

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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