Manatee County County Cattlemen’s

Manatee County County Cattlemen’s

Blackbeard’s Ranch was pleased to host¬†annual meeting at a “Chickee”.

“Chickee” is the word Seminoles use for “house.” The first Seminoles to live in North Florida are known to have constructed log cabin-type homes, some two stories tall, with sleeping quarters upstairs. The chickee style of architecture – palmetto thatch over a cypress log frame – was born during the early 1800s when Seminole Indians, pursued by U.S. troops, needed fast, disposable shelter while on the run. Though indigenous peoples in other parts of North and South America have developed similar dwellings, it is generally agreed that the Seminole Indian technique and product are far superior.
Source: http://www.semtribe.com/Culture/Chickee.aspx