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Haile Homestead

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)


The Haile Homestead, now a museum, is a historic former cotton plantation in Gainesville, Florida. The house on the property was built in 1856 by Thomas Evans and Serena Chestnut Haile. The plantation was large—1,500 acres—and worked on by up to at least 66 slaves worked. Some of these slaves built the home itself, which serves as a testament to their craftsmanship. The lives of the slaves are well documented and visitors can learn about them as they tour the home. Another interesting feature about the house are the "talking walls," on which 12,500 words are written by Haile family members and their friends (the Hailes had frequent gatherings at the house and they invited them to write on the walls). The house is also known as "Kanapaha" which is an indian word for "small thatched houses." The plantation was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

The Haile Homestead


The Haile family lived in the house several decades but it was abandoned by the 1930s. A filmmaker rediscovered the house in the 1970s and filmed the movie "Gal Youngman" there. It was restored in 1996 and opened to the public in 2001. There is also a visitor center on the property.

Sources!history/c12og Murray Laurie & Diana Primelles. "Kanapaha," National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places. 5-2-86.

8500 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone Number
(352) 336-9096
Saturday 10AM - 2PM Sunday 12PM - 4PM
  • Agriculture and Rural History
  • Architecture and Historical Buildings
This location was created on 2015-11-25 by Ben M. .   It was last updated on 2016-02-24 by Ben M. .

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