From Historic Old Town to the J. J. McAlester Mansion and the Masonic Temple, McAlester allows visitors to go back in time with all of its rich history and charm. Take a stroll through the Old Town District, where McAlester originally began. Browse through each of the many antique shops and break for lunch at the Whistle Stop Bistro. Just next door, you can see the J.J. McAlester Mansion. This home, no longer open to the public, was the home of J.J. McAlester the founder of the town.
As the town grew, a new downtown was created. You can make your way through McAlester’s second downtown and browse the local boutiques. Be sure to stop by Whispering Meadows Winery to enjoy a glass of their fine wines that have been crafted over five generations.You will also want to schedule a tour of the McAlester Scottish Rite Masonic Temple. This majestic site was established in 1901 and by 1907 the new “Million-Dollar Temple” became a reality. The Consistory has been classified as one of the “most beautiful” Scottish Rite buildings in the country. The McAlester Temple boasts the second largest stage in the United States and holds numerous backdrops ranging from 60 to 80 feet, painted by Tom Moses. After viewing these stunning works of art, you can head backstage and see the actual wardrobe from the historic movie “The Ten Commandments”.