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The Inn

Our History From Victorian Home to Bed and Breakfast

The History

Pecan Valley Inn Bed and Breakfast retreat is an Oklahoma treasure

Spring is the perfect time of the year to experience a unique Oklahoma Victorian home referred to as the “mansion of the area” during the Indian Territory and early statehood days. In 1898 a very expensive home was costing $1000.00 so when the contract for this home was let for $6,000.00 it was aptly named “the mansion”.

Pecan Valley Inn offers complete privacy (with a gated entrance) so you can explore the natural beauty of lush fields, fishing ponds and 3 miles of walking trails through the wooded area around the inn located on the 2500 acre Lightning Rod Ranch.

Dr. Thomas P. Howell, a Choctaw Indian, practiced medicine in Fort Arbuckle area. His three story home was built in 1898 from wood brought in a wagon across the Red River from Gainesville, Texas. The carpenters camped out on the property for months during construction. Dr. Howell quit practicing medicine when physicians had to become licensed in approximately 1910. He became a banker in two neighboring towns and operated ranch/farm on 7,000 acres.

The ranch has a log cabin over which a barn was built, this has helped preserve the logs. A military road used by federal troops from Fort Towson to Fort Arbuckle to Fort Sill is on the ranch as is an old cemetery along the route.

One of his daughters, Laura Youngblood lived on the ranch all of her 98 years. The ranch was owned by another party for 6 years before before being purched in 1997 by the present owner, Janet Charalampous.

Janet’s parents, Wesley and Hildred Meinders were family friends and Janet was given memorabilia dating back to 1860’s. An audio taped interview of Laura Youngblood by the Oklahoma Historical Society has provided significant historical information.

The Innkeeper

Janet Charalampous has lived on the ranch since purchasing it in 1997. She spent 7-1/2 years finding skilled carpenters and adding a new bathroom as well as repairs to the plaster. The new roof, painting, new plumbing and electricity, drilling 10 water wells for a geothermal heat and air, purchasing furnishings and decorating.

It was a tremendous amount of work, vision, time and money before we were to open as Pecan Valley Inn Bed and Breakfast


  • Pecan Valley Inn was featured as Historic Farm and Ranch House in the book Oklahoma Homes Past and Present by Goins and Morris.
  • Daily Oklahoman 2007. Spotlighted Pecan Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast on First Agritourism Conference
  • Silver Plate Awards from Oklahoma Bed & Breakfast Association.
  • Davis Oklahoma News
  • Distinctly Oklahoma Magazine
  • Discover Oklahoma Television Program
  • Top Ten Inns in Oklahoma
  • New & Noteworthy in "Fun Times in the Arbuckles," the official publication of the Arbuckle Mountain Area Tourism Association.


  • Oklahoma Bed and Breakfast Association
  • Oklahoma Travel Association
  • Oklahoma Agritourism Association
  • Chickasaw Country
  • Adventure Road I-35