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Early Days


George Strother Gaines, an Indian agent for the United States government, came to the Demopolis area and built a home in 1821.  Gaines’ double pen dog-trot cabin was a common style of frontier home.  The cabin had two rooms or “pens” connected by a breezeway with a common roof and floor.

While in the area, General Gaines, who played an important role in Alabama history, negotiated treaties with Chief Push-ma-ta-ha. Push-ma-ta-ha, known as the “Indian General”, was a highly regarded regional chief of a major division of the Choctaw nation.

In 1843, Gaines had completed his mission in the area and sold his dog-trot cabin and 480 acres to General Nathan Bryan Whitfield. This was the beginning of the beautiful Gaineswood mansion.

Continue to Making of a Home

*Photos Courtesy: Alabama Historical Commission

*Cabin Photo is a Sample and Not a Photo of Original Gaineswood Dogtrot Cabin

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Address: 805 S. Cedar Ave. Demopolis, AL 36732
Phone: 334 289 4846
Email: gaineswd@bellsouth.net

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