Chickasaw White House

 
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The Chickasaw White House, an 1895 Victorian home, served as the private residence of Chickasaw Gov. Douglas H. Johnston and his extended family for decades. Johnston, elected in 1898, oversaw the Chickasaw Nation’s transition during Oklahoma statehood and enjoyed a political career spanning nearly 40 years.

Architect W.A. Waltham designed the impressive house in the Steamboat Victorian style, featuring cherry fireplace mantles, crystal chandeliers and 14-foot ceilings. Many of the original furnishings and décor remain intact today.

The White House was both a social and political hub at the turn of the century, hosting parties, weddings, receptions for dignitaries and the like. During the time, it must’ve been a vision of hospitality for a dusty traveler to come up the road in a horse-drawn carriage to see the stately Victorian home at the top of the hill.

A tour inside the White House reveals a multitude of fine art, musical instruments and more, acting as a testament to the Chickasaw Nation’s dedication to education in all fields. Governor Johnston and his wife were educators before he entered the political sphere, later bringing that intellectual curiosity into their world as public servants.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house now operates as a museum open to the public. Admission is free, but large groups are required to make reservations in advance. All tours of the Chickasaw White House are guided.

 

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