Tuesday morning, approximately 30 people braved the rain to take part in the dedication of the Sneads Log Cabin making its place on the National Register of Historic Places.
The event was hosted by the Sneads Carlisle Rose Garden Club and the Town of Sneads. Council member Helen Grice opened the dedication by welcoming everyone and thanking them for coming. The Flag was presented by American Legion Post 241, followed by Helen Drummond leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Reverend Bill Pevy performed the invocation. Followed by Billy Lipford leading the crowd in the National Anthem.
Helen Grice then introduced the new Sneads City Manager, Lynda Bell with Bell speaking briefly on her first month in her new position. Grice then welcomed Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore, Jackson County Tax Collector Mary Carol Murdock, Executive Director of the Jackson County Tourist Development Council, Christy Andreasen, Economic Board member Jason Johnson, and the Sneads Town Council members.
Susan Tucker entertained the crowd with memories of the beginning until the final event today. She thanked James Earl Edwards for his undying love of the Sneads community and all of his support for many, many years.
The placing of the Sneads Log Cabin on the National Register of Historic Places began many years ago with a dream. For many years, Helen Grice, Sneads Council Member, had a desire to see the Sneads Log Cabin placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mr. Ed Kilpatrick, prior Town Manager, managed to complete the first step which was to have the Log Cabin placed on the Florida Master Site File with the Florida Department of Interior. This listing is an inventory of those properties in the State of Florida that are of historical value and meet certain criteria.
Ms. Connie Lea Butts, taking office as Town Manager subsequent to Mr. Kilpatrick, completed the process. She filed paper work with the Florida Division of Historical Resources and the project was assigned to Andrew Weyman in that Department. His task was to meet with Ms. Butts and visit the property to critique and take pictures. He then was to expand on the documentation Ms. Butts provided and make a thorough analysis that he would later present to his Board for approval. That Board’s responsibility was to review the documentation and determine whether or not to recommend to the National Register of Historic Places that the Sneads Log Cabin be placed on their listing. The recommendation came and in July of 2017, the work had been completed and Ms. Helen Grice’s dream came true.
The town council knew that a sign documenting this awesome accomplishment was definitely needed. Ms. Grice asked our county commissioner Eric Hill if he could use his discretionary funds and he immediately responded with, “Absolutely.” Hill brought this before the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners at the next meeting and the motion passed unanimously. However, Ms. Christy Andreasen contacted Sneads town council and asked them to let the TDC pay for the sign. The TDC Board unanimously approved the request so Ms. Andreasen, Ms. Butts and Ms. Grice came up with the wording and Marcus Mount at Southern Mobile Media did a wonderful job creating the sign that was unveiled Tuesday morning.