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Historic House Museums in California

We try to keep this list of historic house museums for California current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in California that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Bartlesville

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Frank Phillips Home

1107 SE Cherokee
Bartlesville, OK  74003
Phone: (918) 336-2491

Year Built: 1908
Admission Price: $5 for adults, $2 for children 5-11, 4 and under a
Hours: Wed - Sat, 10 - 5

This beautiful 26-room mansion was built by Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company. Guided tours of the home are given daily Wednesday through Saturday. Visitors will take a step back in time as their tour guides tell the story of the oil boom days of Bartlesville, the Phillips family, and point out the elegant original furnishings of the home.

Claremore

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Belvidere Mansion

121 North Chickasaw Avenue
342-1127
Claremore, OK  74017-7418
Phone: (918) 342-1127

Year Built: 1902
Admission Price: free
Hours: 10am - 3pm, Tues - Sat

The Belvidere Mansion is a 3 story 1902 Victorian style mansion located in Rogers County and the City of Claremore, Oklahoma three blocks from historic Route 66. The Belvidere is managed by the Rogers County Historical Society. Tour the Belvidere individual, or with a Group. Call ahead to schedule a group mystery tea. The Belvidere includes a Victorian Tea Room serving Lunch. John M. Bayless and his wife Mary moved to Claremore in 1901 and started building the Belvidere in 1902. Much of the trim and woodwork used in the mansion were brought from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. A wide entry L-shaped hall meets the carriage entrance to form a gathering place. The floor is covered in tile laid by a man from Italy. The walls are wainscoted marble and pressed-tin. Sliding pocket doors and fireplaces accent several rooms. Just as unique as the Belvidere are the stories behind the mansion and the man who built it.

Elk City

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Old Town Museum Complex

U.S. 66 and Pioneer Road
Elk City, OK  73648
Phone: (580) 225-6266

Year Built:
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors & Students $4
Hours: 9am-5pm Sat, 2pm-5pm Sun

The Old Town Museum complex includes the Pioneer Museum and Beutler Brothers Rodeo Hall, the Farm and Ranch Museum, Livery Stable, Train Depot, Wagon Yard and other areas depicting Old Town Elk City as well as The National Route 66 and Transportation Museums.

Fort Gibson

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Garrett Historic Home

504 E Coppinger Ave
Fort Gibson, OK  74434
Phone: (918) 478-3732

Year Built: 1867
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Call for info

Built in 1867 and was part of the Fort Gibson Fort established in Indian Territory in 1824.

Heavener

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Peter Conser Home

47114 Conser Creek Road
Heavener, OK  74937
Phone: (918) 653-2493

Year Built: 1894
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 9am-5pm Tue-Sat

Peter Conser was born in 1852 and died in 1934. His home remained in the Conser family until 1967 when his granddaughter (Mrs. Lewis Barnes) and her husband donated the home to the Oklahoma Historical Society. The Society has renovated the home and returned it to a semblance of its native condition when Peter lived there.

Hominy

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Fred Drummond Home

305 North Price Avenue
Hominy, OK  74035
Phone: (918) 885-2374

Year Built: 1905
Admission Price: Adults $3, Senior $2.50, Children $1
Hours: 9am-5pm Wed-Sat, 1-5pm Sun

As a reflection of financial success, Fred and Addie built a substantial home in Hominy. The three-story house, completed in 1905, is Victorian in style and features a central square tower, second floor balcony, and false dormers. The first floor is constructed of native sandstone while the upper floors are frame covered by painted shingles of light and dark green. Light for the house was supplied by a gas generating unit located in the basement and water from a cistern was distributed by air-pressure.

Kingfisher

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A.J. Seay Home

605 Zellers Avenue
Kingfisher, OK  73750
Phone: (405) 375-5176

Year Built: 1892
Admission Price: Adults $2
Hours: 10am-5pm Tue-Sat

Governor Seay served as second Territorial Governor of Oklahoma from 1892 to 1893, built the three-story mansion named "Horizon Hill" for approximately $11,000.00 on fifteen acres of land purchased for $637.50, just outside of Kingfisher, OT. The mansion was completed in March of 1892 to host dignitaries present for the opening of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Land Run.

Lawton

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Historic Mattie Beal Home

1008 SW 5th Street
Lawton, OK  73502
Phone: (580) 678-3156

Year Built: 1907
Admission Price: Adults $4, Seniors $3, Students $2
Hours: 12-3pm Thu-Sun

Your tour of the Mattie Beal Home will transport you back in time to the dynamic early years of the 20th century when both Oklahoma and the city of Lawton were born. In 1901 a spunky, gregarious young Kansas woman, Mattie Beal, registered for the Oklahoma land lottery. Mattie Beal was the second name drawn for the Lawton district from among over 164,000 registrants, and she won the right to claim a valuable 160-acre allotment, the land on which the home now sits. She soon subdivided some of her land into affordable lots for new settlers and donated land for Beal Heights Presbyterian Church and a school, and seven acres of land for parks. Mattie Beal became a beloved figure in Lawton for her philanthropy and civic spirit.

Lindsay

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Murray - Lindsay Mansion

Junction of Hy 19/76 go south
watch for signs
Lindsay, OK 
Phone: (405) 756-2121

Year Built: 1871
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Contact Museum

The first home in Erin Springs was built in 1871 by Frank Murray, an Irish immigrant from Londonderry. Murray eventually became a large land owner and rancher. He had 20,000 acres of land and 26,000 head of cattle. In 1879-1880 Murray began construction of a large stone house which is still standing and preserved by the Oklahoma Historical Society

Milburn

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Chickasaw White House

6379 East Mansion Road
Milburn, OK  73450
Phone: (580) 436-2603

Year Built: 1895
Admission Price: Call for Info
Hours: Call for Info

Built in 1895, the Chickasaw White House was the home of Chickasaw governor Douglas H. Johnston. Elected governor of the Chickasaw Nation in 1898, Governor Johnston became an important political figure during the transition from Indian Territory to Oklahoma Statehood in 1907. His political service lasted for 40 years and during that time, the Chickasaw White House served as both a family home and a site of political activity within the Chickasaw Nation.

Muskogee

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Thomas-Foreman Historic Home

1419 West Okmulgee
Muskogee, OK  74401
Phone: (918) 686-6624

Year Built: 1898
Admission Price: Adults $2, Students $1
Hours: 10-5pm Fri-Sat

1898 home of Judge John R. Thomas, historian Carolyn Thomas Foreman and historian Grant Foreman.

Norman

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Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum

508 N. Peters
Norman, OK  73069
Phone: (405) 321-0156

Year Built:
Admission Price: Call for info
Hours: Call for info

William Moore was a wealthy Norman businessman and his home is now a living reminder of the lifestyle at the turn of the century. The house is an unaltered example of the late Victorian Queen Anne style characterized by its turret, gables, fluted chimneys, patterned stained glass and spindle work porch. The interior is furnished with period pieces.

Oklahoma City

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Harn Homestead Museum

1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73105
Phone: (405) 235-4058

Year Built: 1904
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $4
Hours: 10-4pm Mon-Fri

At first, Mr. and Mrs. Harn lived in a one-room house on the property. Mrs. Harn wanted to return to Ohio to her family but Mr. Harn said that if she would stay in Oklahoma, he would build her any house she wanted in the National Builders Supplement catalogue, a Sears & Roebuck company. She chose a Victorian, Queen Anne style home, characterized by a small, offset front porch and the half-octagon shape of the parlor and upstairs bedroom. Mr. Harn ordered it for a Christmas present. It was crated up in Chicago, put on a train, and erected at the homestead in 6 weeks in 1904.

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Henry Overholser Mansion

405 NW 15th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
Phone: (405) 525-5325

Year Built: 1903
Admission Price: Adults $5, Seniors $3, Children $1
Hours: 10-3pm Tue-Sat, Closed Jan.

Completed in 1903 for one of Oklahoma City's truly remarkable figures, the Overholser Mansion is a glimpse back in time to the life of the man most responsible for the thriving city we know today. The three-story chateauesque home showcases original furnishings, stained glass and ornate canvas painted walls. Preserved to honor the "Spirit of the 1889'ers," the Overholser Mansion is an opportunity to discover this remarkable family at an extraordinary time in Oklahoma City's history.

Park Hill

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George M. Murrell Home

19479 E. Murrell Home Rd.
Park Hill, OK  74451
Phone: (918) 456-2751

Year Built: 1845
Admission Price: Donations Accepted
Hours: 10-5pm Tue-Sat

Built in 1845, the restored home belonged to George M. Murrell. Although the house was looted during the Civil War, it was the only building in the community to escape destruction. It is furnished with original pieces.

Pawnee

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Pawnee Bill Ranch

.5 miles west on US 64
at Blue Hawk Peak
Pawnee, OK  74058
Phone: (918) 762-2513

Year Built: 1910
Admission Price: Adults $3, Seniors $2.50
Hours: See their website

The Pawnee Bill Ranch was once the showplace of the world renowned Wild West Show entertainer, Gordon W. "Pawnee Bill" Lillie. Visitors can now tour Pawnee Bill and his wife, May's, 14 room mansion, fully furnished with their original belongings. Their dream home, completed in 1910, is filled with Lillie family memorabilia, photographs, original art work, and much more. The Ranch property also houses a museum with exhibits related to Pawnee Bill, the Wild West Shows, and the Pawnees. The five-hundred acre grounds include the original Ranch blacksmith shop, a 1903 log cabin, a large barn built in 1926 and an Indian Flower Shrine.

Watonga

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T.B. Ferguson Home

519 N. Weigle Ave
Watonga, OK  73772
Phone: (580) 623-5069

Year Built: 1907
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 10-5pm Wed-Sat, 2-5pm Sun

The Ferguson Mansion was built in 1907. T.B. Ferguson was appointed to serve as Oklahoma's sixth territorial governor by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Yale

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Jim Thorpe Home

706 East Boston
Yale, OK  74085
Phone: (918) 387-2815

Year Built: 1917
Admission Price: Free
Hours: 9-5pm Wed-Sat

The Oklahoma Historical Society, with its affiliate, the Jim Thorpe Foundation, preserves and displays the former home of the 1912 Olympian containing exhibited artifacts from Jim Thorpe and his family. Jim Thorpe bears a unique place in history and his legacy lives on. Regardless of whether or not we are satisfied with the various millennium rankings touted by news and sports organizations, we can be proud of the legacy he leaves.

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