Sneed Cabin: A Family History Renewed

The Sneed Cabin, built in 1900, once laid on the rustic banks of Keystone Lake. It is where Mandy Sneed lived with her husband, Everett Sneed. The Sneed Cabin was later moved to the town of Cleveland, Okla., where the cabin served as a constant reminder of the pioneering families that helped build this nation. I am a descendant of the Sneed family.  

The cabin was most recently moved to Enid, where a grand opening occurred on May 31. The Sneed family tree and Enid’s mayor gathered in unison to appreciate and take a step back into our own forefather’s world, which existed before most of us were born.

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center located at 507 S 4th St, Enid, OK 73701 is now the home of the Sneed Cabin. The home today educates local visitors and children on the ways of pioneering families.  

The Sneed family gathered at the cabin to celebrate and recognize its role in Oklahoma history. (Photo by Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center)

The cabin is the site for elementary and middle school courses. Museum Director CJ Budy states, “Our Pioneer Life Kids Program is usually done by fourth grade classes, but we can adapt to different grades. We take them to different stations throughout the village here and have them do different hands-on activities like laundry, corn grounding, and coffee grounding. With the cabin, we can do more activities, things that settlers and home settlers would have had to do. We can broaden the laundry aspect and have them hang the clothes up on a line, or clean out the fireplace, we use it.” 

History Alive occurs on the first and third Saturday of every month. The event hosts visitors at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center to a live reenactment of what cooking and living was like in the early 1900s. Marna Davis, a volunteer at the museum, cooks pioneer meals for visitors to see. (Photo by Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center)

The Sneed Cabin has been completely restored for visitors to appreciate the importance of the home in the local community. (Photo by Chase Goza)

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