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Youth Hostel

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Title
Youth Hostel
Accession Number
2017.017.0024
Type
Historic Building
Gift of
Robert Underhill
Collection Title
Homes & Buildings
Subject
Bob Underhill
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We do not know who built this ca.1880 home on Middle Rd but we do know of one interesting chapter in it's life.  In 1952 Pauline (Richardson) Marsh (1890 - 1960) converted a farm building attached to her home into youth hostel dormitories and cooking facilities for up to 10 boys and 10 girls.  Students had to be at least 15 years old and be traveling by biking or hiking.  She affiliated her business with American Youth Hostels Inc of NYC which had then been in operation for about 30 years. The teenagers would bring their own food, sleeping bags and do their own cooking.

The dormitory structure no longer exists.  We would be most appreciative of any old photos of this home that might show the dormitory.

Pauline had married William Croft Marsh (1889 - 1943) in 1942, a 2nd marriage for Pauline but the 1st for William.  Pauline's 1st husband was Walter St. Peters who she married in 1921 and divorced prior to the 1930 census.  In the 1930 census Pauline was recorded as being an "art painter".  Nothing more is known about that chapter in her life.