The haunted Stone Lion Inn was once a family home that was built in 1907. A few lucky visitors are politely tucked into bed by a friendly ghost. This would normally be considered an odd circumstance, but ghost sightings of the entire grounds, including the bedrooms are reported on a daily basis, so people have become accustomed to the severe paranormal activity at the inn.
If you enjoy mystery, the unexplained and friendly spirits, then you will feel right at home at the Stone Lion Inn Bed & Breakfast, located in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The building was once home to the Smith funeral home during the 1920's, but today the Stone Lion Inn is now a bed & breakfast offering everything from fine dining, to murder mystery weekends, and active ghosts.
The beautiful inn was once the family home built by F.E.Houghton in 1907. It was to built to be large enough to accommodate shelter for his large family. The completion of the mansion came at a cost of $11,900. The 8,000 square foot, 4-level home was the most expensive house built in Guthrie, Oklahoma, but it comfortably fit the twelve Houghton children and their parents.
Mr. Houghton had an eight year old daughter named Augusta who became ill with whooping cough and died soon after a nurse gave her the wrong medicine. Becky Luker purchased the grand estate in 1986, and immediately began renovations, wanting to give the home a feel of its original grace and beauty. However, the spirits had other ideas that seemed to imply that they were happy with the place just as it was.
Soon after the renovations began, so did the unexplained noises. Loud footsteps could be heard coming from the back staircase in the early morning hours, and various doors open and close at free will. The police department was often summoned to the Luker home, but Becky quickly realized that the intruders in her home were not of the living, and were instead trouble making ghosts that wanted to be acknowledged.
The third floor appears to be a hot spot for visitors from the other side as noises and strange occurrences are a very common event in the Victorian mansion. One of the biggest mysteries surrounds Becky's son and one of the closets in this area. The ghost boy neatly put's his toys away before going to bed each night, but by morning the toys are scattered throughout the room.
The most intriguing story involves the ghost of a little girl that is believed to be the 8 year old daughter of Mr. Houghton. Augusta is rumored to run through the halls, and visiting with the guests at the Stone Lion Inn. The ghost of Augusta's father, F.E. Houghton has been seen a few times in the basement area and throughout the house. A faint smell of pipe tobacco has been witnessed in one of the front sitting rooms of the inn, and many guests report strange and spontaneous smells within the home.
Guests have reported that a child like figure has attempted to tuck them into bed, while other complaints have involved a child jumping or playing on the beds when there were no children staying at the Inn at the time. The sound of a wooden ball rolling across the wooden floors outside of guests rooms can be heard echoing throughout the hallways.
Although Augusta's ghost has never actually been seen, guests at the Stone Lion Inn report that they can sense that a child is in the room with them. Common reports include seeing movement from the corner of their eye, but upon turning to look, nothing is there.
The older Houghton siblings believe strongly that the ghost of there sister Augusta haunts the Bed & Breakfast that was once her home, and they confirmed that they used the same large closet on the third floor to also hold their toys. They also stated that the back step's where Becky Luker has heard footsteps are the same stairs that they had used when sneaking out of bed to go and play at 2:00in the morning.
Paranormal investigators will no doubt enjoy the ambiance centered around mystery and intrigue at the Stone Lion Inn. The murder mystery weekend is a popular event that entertains visitors. They will also receive full amenities along with a packet describing the details of the planned murder mystery that they will be involved with. A full house of paranormal enthusiasts participate in the spirited evening that begins with cocktail hour in the library followed by a seven course dinner next to a relaxing fire as the clues start to unravel for the guests to figure out. A full gourmet breakfast served with French pressed coffee is served to the surviving guests at 8:00 a.m., followed by ghost stories and a brief history of the haunted mansion and Stone Lion Inn Bed & Breakfast.
Location: 106 W Warner Avenue, Guthrie, Oklahoma