The 1838 Bonnifield cabin is the oldest house in Jefferson county, Iowa.
This video shows photos of another log cabin on Velvetleaf in Lockridge that isn’t quite as old but is probably from the same generation. The Fairfield Ledger recently reported that this cabin will be demolished.
Here is a 1907 announcement for volunteers to reconstruct the 1838 Bonnifield cabin at its present site at Old Settlers’ Park: Fairfield Tribune:
“At the Old Settlers’ Park on Friday, Oct. 25, the Jefferson County Old Settlers Park Association are going to have a log-rolling and cabin raising, and place the old Bonnifield cabin in a final resting place. Bring in your froes and help rive shingles. Everybody is invited. Come and bring your dinners and enjoy a hard day’s work and an appetite.”