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Panhandle Historic Preservation Alliance
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Keith Cabin Foundation

The Keith Cabin Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to promote and encourage historical preservation and public interest in Florida state history. The foundation oversaw the rehabilitation of Keith Cabin, which is located in Pittman, near Bonifay, Florida.

The cabin, built in 1886 by William Thomas Keith, is a vestige of a once-thriving family farm in rural Holmes County. Situated on what was initially a 10-acre homesteaded farm that eventually grew to 188 acres, the cabin combines with the setting of original landscapes (including large open fields and stands of oak, pecan, and fig trees planted by Keith in the late 1800s) to help convey its association as a 19th-century pioneer home.

The cabin rests on its original foundation and is an excellent and rare example of "Louisiana roof" style log construction, which is found only in the Gulf States from East Texas to the Florida Panhandle. In 2000, the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is believed to be Florida's only residential log home listed on the National Register.

In addition to the architectural significance of the cabin, Tom Keith was a "Renaissance Man" of the day and is historically noteworthy. He was a homesteader, farmer, Civil War child-militiaman, merchant, postal carrier, and certified medical practitioner. Keith was a member of the Florida Home Guard during the Civil War and is documented as the Confederacy's third youngest soldier. He and his brother George Washington Keith were the last surviving brothers who took part in the War effort. These brothers were featured in Life Magazine in 1949 and are featured throughout several books: The South's Last Boys in Gray, Callow Brave & True—A Gospel of Civil War Youth, and Our Youngest Blue and Gray, written by professor Jay S. Hoar, a renowned Civil War historian and author from Maine.

Join the Keith Cabin Foundation and the Holmes County Historical Society for "Marigolds & Maypole: Festival of History & Heritage" on Saturday, May 13, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Keith Cabin.


Keith Cabin
1324 Hwy 179
East Pittman, Florida

Website: www.keithcabinfoundation.org