Thompson Coit Elliott (1862-1943) was born in Barkhamstead, Connecticut and educated at Amherst College, Massachusetts. Elliott traveled west to Walla Walla, Washington in 1886. He married Anna Baker in 1890 and they had 6 children. One of their daughters, Dorothy Elliott, later held ownership of the Seaview home and operated a camp for girls in Nahcotta known as Camp Willapa.
T.C. Elliott, an investment banker, had a passion for history. His family history can be traced back to the Mayflower and the Revolutionary War. He wrote extensively about the early fur trade, Inland Empire explorations, and early contact on the Oregon Coast. He was a board member of the Oregon Historical Society and the Washington State Historical Society. He was an active member of the American Historical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
The Elliott family joined many other families escaping the summer heat by traveling up the Columbia River by steamship, then embarking up the Peninsula by way of the Clamshell Railroad to their summer homes. Fathers would travel back for the workweek and rejoin families on the weekends.
The Dutch Colonial home built in 1905 must have been reminiscent of T.C. Elliott’s childhood in New England. The property is on the original Stout Hotel grounds in the core of the Victorian beach community. Hotel guests would stroll across the grounds to the water’s edge which lapped the rear of the property. While most of Seaview is platted on 50 x 100 lots, the house enjoys expansive grounds snuggled between the historic Shulderman Collie house and U.S. Senator Henry Winslow Corbett’s summer home, now the Sou’wester Lodge. The ‘Railroad that Ran by the Tide’ traveled in front of the home with the Seaview Depot across the street.
Owners Brett and Nansen Malin have spent the past 15 years working to restore the 6 bedroom home with a carriage house, koi pond and vast property transforming it into a picturesque and magical compound.