Historic Markers Across Florida

Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation

Marker ID: FLHM F-548
Location: Archer Road, Gainesville
County: Alachua
Coordinates: N 29° 35.554    082° 26.027
  29.59256666    -82.43378333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM39QX


Historic Haile homestead
at Kanapaha Plantation

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 Gainesvilles 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 1850s. 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.

F-548 The Historic Haile Homestead
In cooperation with the
Florida Department of State


City: Gainesville Homestead Tour Hours & Cost: Saturday: 10am-2pm Sunday: 12pm-4pm Tours are $5 per person, children under 12 are free.