The Keifer Cabin Site
Pioneer Archeological Work
óAt George Rogers Clark State Park/ Peckuwe Battle Field ó
Elizabethís father, Jonathan Donnel came from Pennsylvania and may have settled in Bethel Township, just west of George Rogers Clark Park, as early as 1795. Johnís father George Keifer, originally from Maryland, settled in the Township in 1812. John Keiferís cabin sat on a 100 acre tract that was once part of his fatherís much larger farm, which encompassed most of the 1780 Peckewe (Piqua) Battlefield. When George Keifer died in 1845, John and Elizabeth returned to Bethel Township and resided the rest of their lives on what was left of his fatherís original farm along the west side of Tecumseh Road. John Keifer was a farmer, US Marshal, Federal census taker, and the cousin of Civil War general Joseph Warren Keifer.
From 1831 until 1835 the cabin which stood on this site was home to Frederick Mennert, (sometimes spelled Minert or Minard), born 1795, his wife Elizabeth Bachman, born 1791, and their five children. Their fifth child Frederick, Jr. was born in
After the Mennert family left the area, the
Keifer cabin and surrounding 100 acres went
through several owners. By the time Daniel
Hertzler purchased the property in 1853 the
cabin had long been abandoned and was
probably in a state of disrepair. Any
remaining foundation stones and bricks from
the chimney and a nearby smokehouse were
probably reused in the construction of the
Hertzler mansion. All that remains of the
Keifer cabin is the stone hearth foundation,
which was discovered here during an
archaeological excavation carried out in the
spring of 2012.
Location. 39° 54.57′ N, 83° 54.706′ W. Marker is near Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from South Tecumseh Road (Ohio Route 69). Touch for map. marker is located is George Rogers Clark State Park, on the hill, behind the Hertzler
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Piqua, or Picawey (a few steps from this marker); General George Rogers Clark / Tecumseh (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Piqua (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peckuwe Shawnee Memorial (about 400 feet away); Tecumseh (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of Those Men Who Died in the Battle of Piqua (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Piqua (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mad River Township Civil War Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on May 29, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.