Stone Lion Inn
The Stone Lion Inn was
built in 1907 by a man named F.E. Houghton, who had twelve kids and a wife,
and not surprisingly needed a bigger house. The finished Victorian
mansion was 4 stories and 8,000 square feet, the biggest house in the area
by far at the time, and still a big house by today's standards. One
of the Houghton kids named Augusta, died after being given a medicine overdose
by a nurse, and is among the ghosts thought to still walk the halls of the
house. Right after World War I, the Houghton's fell on hard financial
times, and the house was leased out and used for 8 years or so as a funeral
home. It then passed into the hands of several families, and in 1986
was bought by its present owner, who immediately went about restoring it
to its former beauty and turning it into a bed and breakfast. As often
happens with house hauntings, it didn't take long after restoration
began that strange things began to happen in the house. Footsteps
were heard, doors opened and closed on their own, and children's toys were
moved from their closet storage space into the middle of the room.
The spirit of a well-dressed unknown man has been reported in the basement
of the house, often smoking a cigar, and guests have reported fleeting glimpses
of a child, objects being inexplicably moved, the sensation of being "tucked
in" to bed at night, and the feeling that someone is gently stroking their
face as they sleep.
Given the history of this house, it's
no surprise that the Stone Lion Inn has become a fairly well-known haunted
place well worth investigating if you find yourself in the Guthrie area.
The owner acknowledges the paranormal aspects of her house and will talk
about it, which is always a good thing for ghost hunters. Murder
Mystery Dinner Parties are hosted here often, and for those who want to
stay overnight, there are 6 rooms available for guests on the premises.
The Stone Lion Inn is located
1016 W. Warner Ave
Guthrie, OK 73044