Keith Cabin

Keith Cabin (HM1E39)

Location: Bonifay, FL 32425 Holmes County
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N 30° 56.237', W 85° 49.436'

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In 1880, William Thomas Keith (1856-1949) homesteaded ten acres upon which this house stands. In 1886 he filed a homestead entry with the U.S. Public Land Office and in the fall of that year built this cabin that became home for himself, his wife, mother, and eight children. It became the focus of a cotton and tobacco farm that eventually grew to more than 190 acres. By 1893, improvements included a plaza, smokehouse, corn crib, enclosed shed rooms, and a well. The Keith Cabin was originally built as a one-room, "Louisiana Roof"- style log structure with a wraparound porch, a fireplace, and a separate kitchen. This style of architecture is a rare form of 19th century construction found only in the Gulf States from east Texas to the Florida Panhandle. It is characterized by front and rear porches formed by long logs that extend beyond the main block of the house at each gable to support the broad roof overhangs. Keith served with the Home Guard and was a skilled farmer, lumberjack, mail carrier, store merchant, and medical practitioner. His life and home are excellent examples of the rural lifestyle of early Holmes County and Northwest Florida. The Keith Cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
HM NumberHM1E39
Marker NumberF-476
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Holmes County Historical Society and The Florida Department of State
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 7:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 612351 N 3423244
Decimal Degrees30.93728333, -85.82393333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 56.237', W 85° 49.436'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 56' 14.22" N, 85° 49' 26.16" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1372 Co Rd 179, Bonifay FL 32425, US
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