Historic Haile Homested At Kanapaha Plantation

Historic Haile Homested At Kanapaha Plantation (HM1BX6)

Location: Gainesville, FL 32608 Alachua County
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N 29° 35.555', W 82° 26.03'

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One of the oldest houses in Alachua County, the Historic Haile Homestead was the home of Thomas Evans Haile, his wife Esther Serena Chesnut Haile and 14 of their children. The Hailes came here from Camden, South Carolina in 1854 to establish a 1,500-acre Sea Island Cotton plantation which they named Kanapaha. Enslaved black craftsmen completed the 6,200-square-foot manse in 1856. The 1860 census showed 66 slaves living here. The Hailes survived bankruptcy in 1868 and turned the property into a productive farm, growing a variety of fruits and vegetables including oranges. Serena Haile died in 1895; Thomas in 1896. The Homestead, which passed to son Evans, a prominent defense attorney, became the site of house parties attended by some of Gainesville's most distinguished citizens. The Hailes had the unusual habit of writing on the walls; all together over 12,500 words with the oldest writing dating to the 1850's. The Homestead was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. A restoration was completed in 1996. Still partly owned by descendants of Evans Haile, the Homestead is one of the few remaining homesteads built by Sea Island cotton planters in this part of Florida.
Florida Heritage Landmark
HM NumberHM1BX6
Marker NumberF-548
Year Placed2005
Placed ByHistoric Haile Homestead and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 4:18am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 361141 N 3274499
Decimal Degrees29.59258333, -82.43383333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 35.555', W 82° 26.03'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 35' 33.30" N, 82° 26' 1.80" W
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Area Code(s)352
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8990 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville FL 32608, US
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