December 4, 2020
A. J. Seay Mansion to be Called by Historic Name
KINGFISHER, Okla. — The Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors and the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher have announced a change of name for the historic A. J. Seay Mansion in Kingfisher. The home once belonging to Oklahoma Territorial Governor A. J. Seay will now be known as Horizon Hill, the name originally given to the structure by the governor when it was completed in March of 1892.
“Whenever possible, the OHS wants to use the name given to a property by its original owners,” said Kathy Dickson, director of Museums and Historic Sites for the Oklahoma Historical Society. “One special way to preserve and share the history of the home and its residents is by adopting their name for the mansion—Horizon Hill.”
Horizon Hill was built by Abraham Jefferson “A. J.” Seay in hopes that Kingfisher would be the capital of Oklahoma Territory. Seay, a Union army Civil War veteran who served as the third territorial governor from 1892 to 1893, built the three-story mansion for approximately $11,000. The home hosted dignitaries who were present for the Cheyenne-Arapaho Land Run on April 19, 1892. Inside the mansion are a reception hall, a ballroom, seven fireplaces and a domed-roof tower. Horizon Hill was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
The Chisholm Trail Museum and Horizon Hill are located at 605 Zellers Ave. in Kingfisher. For more information, please call 405-375-5176.
The Chisholm Trail Museum is an affiliate of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.