Thursday, August 22, 2013

Keithsburg, GA

1915 map of Cherokee County featuring Keithsburg
Keithsburg is a small unincorporated town in Cherokee County, Georgia, United States. It was established in the mid nineteenth-century along the railroad northeast of Canton. The community was named after the local Keith family and its Keith Plantation, one of the oldest plantations in Cherokee County. During the Civil War, the Keith family buried its valuables and suspended its food in trees in order to hide it from the approaching Union Army. The soldiers found the food and, as vengeance for the family's deception, burned their house and hanged the family patriarch from a tree. 
However, his life was spared by the knot in the rope getting caught and failing to break his neck. The Keith house was rebuilt in 1865 from kiln-dried bricks made of clay from the nearby Etowah River. Today, the Keith property is in shambles, with kudzu covering what remains of the house and barns. The County of Cherokee or the city of Canton has no interest in saving this property. This is really sad because remains of Slave quarters and an Indian Burial ground exists on this property.
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