Masonic Children's Home - Guthrie, OK
Posted by: hamquilter
N 35° 53.125 W 097° 25.149
14S E 642689 N 3972393
Quick Description: This beautiful building has a long and mysterious past, with many stories of ghosts and hauntings.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 6:48:48 PM
Waymark Code: WMDC2K
The Masonic Children's Home building is a large two-story building, with full attic and basement located at 602 E. College. Constructed in 1923, it operated as a Masonic home for orphans until 1978 when state laws changed and a foster home program was established. The home population had dwindled and it was closed in that year. The building remained vacant until 2000 when it was sold to a private individual. It was beautifully renovated, inside and out, and today operates as The Dominion House, an event center offering luxurious wedding accommodations, including a ballroom, wedding chapel and full catering services.
During the years when this building stood vacant, people reported seeing apparitions in the rooms as the people peeked in the windows of the building. When renovation was taking place after 2000, workers reported hearing unexplained footsteps, noises and children crying. Rumors have come down through the years of staff at the home who were not kind to the children. Abuse and cruelty apparently occurred. There was a story about a young boy who was beaten and died, and was buried in the basement of the building.
Some report that a nurse once killed herself in the bell tower, and a shadow has been seen in the tower, and has been known to hover around people who had broken in the building when it was abandoned. One story tells of a cruel headmistress who beat a little girl to death. Several eye witnesses have seen an apparition of a little girl who appears and pleads for protection.
Apparently, no official paranormal investigations have been done over the years, and at this time, the property is under private ownership and no trespassing is allowed on the grounds. Security cameras protect the property. The house and lovely gardens can be viewed from the street, through wrought iron fencing. The home is beautiful and worth a visit, but with all its beauty it still has its stories and mysteries of a time when things were not as they should have been, and a hint of unsettled spirits who remain.
These grounds are closed to the public. It is open by reservation for weddings, but is not open to the general public.
Website about the location and/or story: [Web Link]
Visting hours: Not listed
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