Stone Lion Inn
This Victorian mansion is a cozy bed and breakfast that looks so charming at first glance. It was built by F.E. Houghton, a wealthy man with quite a large family of 12 children who needed more room. He bought the land next to their old house and built this larger mansion, with some nice touches, like oak paneling in the dining room, leaded glass bookshelves, huge pocket-doors (doors which slide into the wall by the door), an Adam's staircase, 3 fireplaces for those cold Oklahoma winters, ballrooms and a back staircase which leads to the third floor as well.
In the 1920s, the mansion became a boarding house, and later became a funeral home, before reverting back to being a room for rent establishment. In 1986, the Luker, Becky being one of the main members, family bought the mansion, renovated this grand home and turned it into an upscale inn.. With the help of her 2 sons, Becky converted the home into an Inn and soon found that there were other occupants in the house.
The mischievous Houghton children used to sneak up to the third floor playroom after their parents went to sleep between 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM to play with the toys in the toy box built into the storage closet. One of the 12 Houghton children, little Augusta, an 8 year old girl, died when the maid gave her the wrong medication to combat the child's whooping cough.
During the years that the mansion housed a funeral home and then another boarding house, perhaps an entity or two decided that they weren't ready to go to the other side and decided to stay behind to "help" the living and hang around to enjoy the ambiance of an upscale inn, not to mention enjoying the murder mystery show events sponsored by the inn, or being an unseen guest of any of the weddings and receptions which are also held in the mansion.
Doors open and close, footsteps up and down the back staircase could be heard and toys were being played with at night. Legend says that the former residents, the Houghtons, lived in the home in the early 1900's and their daughter, Augusta, died in the home at the age of 8. They believe the ghosts are the former residents and the toys that are played with at night are Augusta playing with them.
Stone Lion Inn
1016 W Warner Avenue
Guthrie, OK 73044
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