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Release Date: September 28, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • A portrait of Douglas H. Johnston is displayed above a desk inside the Chickasaw White House, a museum listed among the National Register of Historic Places. Johnston served as governor of the Chickasaw Nation for more than 30 years until his death in 1939. Admission to the museum is open to the public at no charge 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

  • The Chickasaw White House sign greets visitors with festive fall flair. It’s a seasonal reminder of the upcoming Oct. 21 Fall Fest.

  • Horse and carriage rides are offered to visitors at the historic Chickasaw White House, 6379 E. Mansion Dr., Milburn, Oklahoma. The Fall Fest planned Oct. 21 accords guests with a host of festivities for the entire family.

  • The path leading to the Chickasaw White House is lined with pumpkins and other gourds as a sign of autumn’s arrival.

The Chickasaw Nation will host the 2017 Harvest Fest 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Chickasaw White House, 6379 E. Mansion Dr., Milburn, Oklahoma.

Built in 1898, and once considered a mansion on the frontier, the home contains some very unusual features for the era, including 14 foot ceilings, cherry mahogany fireplace mantels, crystal chandeliers, a dance floor and phonographs.

The event – open to the public at no cost – is a step back into the early 1900s with food and activities representing the lives of Chickasaw Nation Governor Douglas H. Johnston (1856-1939) and his family. Tours of the White House will also be available throughout the day.

Activities include carriage rides, make-and-take crafts, a cake walk, photo booth, pumpkin decorating, live music, scavenger hunts and more.

An on-site smoker will cook up a southern style barbecue lunch with brisket, ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans and rolls for attendees.

The Chickasaw White House was home to the Johnston family from 1898-1971.

It was the setting for many important political and social gatherings. After acquiring the home in the 1990s, the Chickasaw Nation restored it to its original grandeur. The Johnston home is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes.

For more information about Harvest Fest or the Chickasaw White House call 580-371-9835.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016