BELVIDERE MANSION

121 North Chickasaw Avenue, Claremore, OK

(918) 342-1127

Status: Former Residence; Heritage Property

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History

Built between March and December 1907 by John Melville Bayless for his wife and family. He also built the Sequoyah Hotel, Windsor Opera House and the Claremore Athletic Association building.

Only the Belvidere Mansion remains standing today.

Tragically, Mr Bayless died from an appendix attack 6 months before the house was completed.

His wife, Mary Melissa, and their 7 kids did move into the house in December and lived in it until 1919. The interior of the house is much more designed to Mrs Bayless’ taste rather than her former husband.

The children did quite well as they grew to adults becoming a bank president, postmasters and the youngest even served on the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

In the late 1920’s the mansion was bought by the Bell family and divided up into 12 apartments.

By the 1980’s the house was all but falling apart causing it simply be abandoned in 1990’s.

Later in the 90’s the mansion was bought by the Roger’s County Historical Society.

They have now restored the house to it’s Victorian grandeur and can be booked for self-guided tours.

 

Paranormal Activity

Most people agree it is the Bayless family that haunts the house - for the most part – but; based on my experiences with other heritage properties; that were sub-divided I don’t think the multiple tenants over the decades should not be ruled out.

The majority of recorded and witnessed paranormal activity is on the second floor.

The 2 most common apparitions – both of whom have communicated with the living – are a very stressed out John Bayless and a female who says she ended her own life in the house in the 1940’s.

The apparitions of children are also seen playing in the house. They may be the Bayless children or from past tenants or perhaps a combination of both.

Other Reported Activity: shadow figures; unexplained noises; disembodied voices; touches, tugs and pulls by unseen entities; light anomalies; hot and cold spots; toilets flushing on their own; electrical disturbances and feelings of not being alone and being watched.