BY APRIL BAILEY, Staff writer Each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, John Osteen opens the log cabin he built himself, offering local residents a glimpse into the past. In the spirit of his 28-year tradition, the Osteen Authentic Log Cabin will be open to the public this weekend. On Saturday, the log cabin will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. Osteen built the cabin in 1976, in celebration of the bicentennial year. Among the features of the secluded log cabin includes a chicken house, barn, snake house, a one-room schoolhouse and a Confederate museum. While visiting the cabin, Osteen said guests will notice several old-fashioned highlights, such as kerosene lamps and an old-fashioned cooking stove. In the smoke house, there will be meat hanging vertically and there will be chickens and ducks in the chicken house. Osteen said the Confederate museum also features artifacts from other wars such as World War I and World War II, which will also be on display. Osteen encourages anyone interested to come out and visit the cabin, which is located in Couchton on Highway 302 across the street from Couchton Baptist Church. Admission for the tours is free. For more information, contact Osteen at 642-4961. Contact April Bailey at