Eleven years before this week’s historical shelter was built, the town was a small railroad stop. In fact, Guthrie, Oklahoma, went from train stop to town of more 10,000 in six scant hours in 1889.
That’s right — the April 1889 land run made Guthrie a boom town in less than a day. Because of that, it was designated a territory capital almost immediately, and the state capital of Oklahoma in 1907 (although a short three years later, voters chose Oklahoma City as the new capitol).
The home that is now known as the White Peacock Inn was built in 1900. The stately Colonial Revival mansion features a two-story wrap around front porch with large square columns, a large Palladian dormer, and a one-story entrance portico with columns.
It’s located on a half acre corner lot “in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Guthrie,” says listing agent James Long of Guthrie Real Estate.
“If walls could talk, the stories it could tell about Frank Greer, and other early statehood owners,” Long said.
And it has plenty of room. A large living area and formal dining room are to the left and right of the foyer and can be closed by pocket doors. A large kitchen with a six-burner stove is ready for creating meals for guests.
The inn has seven guest rooms, each with their own private bath — “some with spa tubs for two,” Long said.
The income potential is substantial. Guthrie is home to plenty of museums, dining, shopping, and other attractions, but it’s also close Liberty Lake and Guthrie Lake. It’s also home to the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival and the National Finals Steer Roping Rodeo, both of which bring in lots of tourists.
Long said that the inn is currently operating as a bed and breakfast on the weekends, and is doing steady business. However, “there is massive opportunity for a full-time B&B,” he added.
The home is listed for $375,000.