Once considered a mansion on the great frontier, this Victorian style home served as the private residence of Chickasaw Gov. Douglas H. Johnston and his extended family for decades. Built in 1898 in the town of Emet, Oklahoma, 3 miles south of Milburn, this historic home was the setting for many important social and political events including high profile weddings and meetings between prominent politicians and members of the Dawes Commission. Through his work with President Theodore Roosevelt, Governor Johnston achieved notable accomplishments on behalf of the Chickasaw Nation and its people.
The home features cherry fireplace mantles, crystal chandeliers and 14-foot ceilings with many of the original furnishings and décor remaining intact today. A multitude of fine art and musical instruments can be found within the home acting as a testament to the Chickasaw Nation’s dedication to education in all fields. Governor Johnston and his wife were educators before entering into the political sphere where they brought intellectual curiosity into their world as public servants.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house now operates as a museum and is open to the public. The white house also offers unique events to the public throughout the year.
*Individual and groups welcome. Group tours will be limited to 14 people or less per tour and must make reservations in advance. Guests can call (580)371-9835 to make reservations.
The mansion was built in 1895 and was host to political gatherings, tea parties, dances, receptions and weddings.
The Chickasaw Nation restored the building to its full grandeur with 14-foot ceilings, cherry mahogany fireplace mantels, and crystal chandeliers. When you go through the mansion, you will get a glimpse of life in the Victorian period dating from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. It is listed as 'The White House of the Chickasaws' on the National Register of Historic Sites. Admission to the museum is free and open to the public on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with the exception of federal holidays. Large groups are required to make reservations in advance and all tours are guided. Plan a visit to the beautiful Chickasaw White House for an enriching cultural and historical voyage back in time!