Oklahoma August 28, 2015
You’ll Want To Visit These 7 Houses In Oklahoma For Their Incredible Pasts
These historical homes in Oklahoma are rich in history and were built by many influential Oklahomans. The architecture and grandeur is stunning, so bring your camera. These homes all offer tours or museum hours and are an easy day trip from most locations in Oklahoma. Here is a list of some of the most popular historical homes in the state:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Frank Phillips Home: Bartlesville
This mansion was the residence of Oklahoma millionaire, Frank Phillips. The home was completed in 1909 and is Neo-Classical in style. Phillips was a wealthy Oklahoma oilman that was a key player in the oil industry in America. The family donated the home to the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1973. Step back in time as you tour the home and see many original belongings and furnishings of the Phillips family.
2. The Marland Mansion: Ponca City
The mansion was constructed for Oklahoma oilman, E. W. Marland, in 1925. It features 55 rooms, 10 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms and 3 kitchens. It takes 861 lightbulbs to light the mansion. The home displays the wealth of the oil boom in Ponca City in the 1920's. Marland wanted to live in a palace and the mansion was nicknamed "The Palace on the Prairie." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
3. The Murrell Home: Park Hill
This historic home and museum is located in Park Hill near Tahlequah. It is the former home of George M. Murell, a wealthy white planter and merchant. It was built in 1845 and constructed most likely by the owner's African-American slaves. It is a symbol of the elite in the mid-19th century among the Cherokees. The property also contains a 45-acre park with trails. The house became a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
4. The Henry Overholser Mansion: Oklahoma City
This French-Chateau style home was completed in 1903 for Henry Overholser and family. Overholser was a prominent businessman who was most responsible for the development of Oklahoma City, as well as a county commissioner. His son, Edward, was a mayor of Oklahoma City. The mansion is a three-story, 20 room châteauesque home that features ornate furnishings and artwork.
5. A.J. Seay Mansion: Kingfisher
In the late 1800's, Abraham Jefferson Seay built this mansion in high hopes that Kingfisher would become the new capitol of Oklahoma Territory (OT). He served as 2nd Territorial Governor of Oklahoma from 1892-1893. The mansion was built for $11,000 on 15-acres and hosted dignitaries present for the start of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Land Run. It is now a historical monument known as "Horizon Hill."
6. Fred Drummond Home: Hominy
The Drummond family built a successful trading and ranching operation in Oklahoma in the late 1800's to early 1900's. In 1904, Fred bought out his partner is a business and established Hominy Trading Company. The business prospered and in 1905 the Drummonds built this elaborate, 3-story Victorian style home. The home was given to the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1980 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
7. Pawnee Bill Ranch Museum: Pawnee
This 14-room mansion was completed in 1910 for the Wild West Show entertainer, Gordon W. Lillie "Pawnee Bill" and his wife May. It is fully furnished with all their personal belongings and houses a museum on the property with family memorabilia, artwork, photographs and much more. The grounds consist of 500-acres with a herd of bison, longhorn and many draft horses grazing in the pasture. The venue can be rented for many different occasions year-round.
What are your favorite historical homes in Oklahoma?