This bedroom has a comfortable double bed and skylight for looking at stars, towering spruce or rain.
History of the Flying S Farm
The Flying S Farm is a 18.5 acre remnant of the 160 homestead settled by German immigrant Otto Siegfreid. Named within a few years of the Wright brothers' historic flight, the name carried a modernity that barely found its way this far into the wilderness interface. At the dawn of the 20th century, one residence existed upstream of the Flying S. Ranger Chris Morgenroth, likewise a German immigrant was the first white man to settle in the upper Bogachiel Valley. By 1891,. Morgenroth and some settlers nearer Forks, had built a trail across what would become the Flying S, to connect the Hoh and upper Bogachiel with that frontier town. At one point there was a tavern/brothel and rental cabins at what is now a boat launch a few hundred feet removed from these 18.5 acres. Reduced to 40 acres, the property was acquired in the 40's by the Howard Goakey family who lived on this land and adjoining properties until around 1970.
In 1978, Chiggers Stokes working as a Park Ranger for Olympic National Park, acquired this remnant of the original homestead and electrified the property with his own microhydroelectric scheme. Chiggers and his ex-wife raised a daughter on this property in a cabin on the east (upstream) end of the parcel. In 2000, retired from the Park Service, Chiggers built a 3,000 square foot, four bedroom house, but his family fractured a year later. The bedrooms are listed through Air BnB and the Forks Chamber of Commerce. The Meadow Cabin was built on the foundation of the Goakey farmhouse and provides hostel type lodging for hikers, bikers, fishermen, or “lonely planet” adventurers. The cabin built and occupied by Chiggers and his ex-wife will be available for nightly, weekly or monthly rental starting in March of 2017.
Because of it's significant wildlife habitat and census, The Flying S Farm was protected with a strict conservation easement managed by the North Olympic Land Trust in perpetuity. The land became part of a de-facto elk reserve ordained by neighborhood compact and posting. Hemp Hill Creek runs through the farm and is one of the premier Coho salmon spawning creeks on the West End.
Located two miles from Olympic National Park, and now the furthest upstream residence, the Farm offers outstanding opportunities for wildlife viewing, silence, viewing alternative energy in action, and hiking. It is possible to walk from this farm all the way to Canada or Mexico on the National Scenic Trail System. There are many choices for lodging in the Forks area. Some may offer more elegant linen, a finer breakfast or less obstreperous/more dependable utilities. There is NOWHERE on the Peninsula where one can get so close to Nature and the memory of Olympic Pioneers...and still sleep in a pretty comfortable, clean bed. In the past five years, the owner struggled surviving major illness and now struggles to hold onto this farm in the face of soaring medical costs. Your visit helps the owner to remain owner of his life's dream. For your patronage, the owner thanks you.
Room has modern bathroom, reading/tv room shared with one other room. Community kitchen, dining and living rooms, enclosed and open air porches provide room for privacy or socializing. $1 washing machine with free propane dryer.
Host lives in this four bedroom dwelling and enjoys helping guests with hiking and site seeing plans. Free tours of microhydroelectic and alternative energy scheme.
- Premises powered by alternative energy. Turn off lights and save energy.
- Difficult finding Flying S Farm at night in near wilderness unelectrified neighborhood. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps misplaces 2674 Dowans Creek Road by over a mile. Follow written directions.
- Better to arrive during day for wildlife viewing, local trails and roaming over grounds