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Knight-Sayles Cabin


The Knight-Sayles Cabin was constructed in the 19th century as a single room cabin, or a pin cabin. This cabin was originally one log higher with a loft upstairs for the children to sleep. Children would use a ladder or pegs stuck in a wall in order to climb up to their beds. If a family prospered, then a second room could be added onto this room with a dog-run breezeway between.  The mattress if much different from what we sleep on today. It had to be pulled tight with ropes, in order to not leave the owner sleeping on the floor. This is where the phrase “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” originated. If your mattress wasn’t pulled tight then it would drag the floor and bugs would get into it and bite you in your sleep.  The footprint of the cabin is 186.15 square feet.



This Day in Texas History

  • 1883 On this day in 1883, the Fifty Cent Act was repealed. The act, advocated by Governor O. M. Roberts and passed in July 1879, provided for the selling of Texas land for fifty cents an acre, with one-half of the proceeds to be used to pay down the public debt and the other half to establish a permanent school fund. The act opened to settlement about fifty-two Texas counties, in which the state sold 3,201,283 acres for $1,600,641.55. The Fifty Cent Act was repealed as a public necessity due to fraudulent land speculation

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