Holiday Closures

Closed Saturday, December 24th and

Sunday, December 25th.

Closed Sunday, January 1st, 2023.

Come visit the Historic Haile Homestead and see it decorated for the holidays! This year's theme is Angels! Learn more about the 1856 Homestead, the enslaved people who lived and labored there, as well as the Haile family.

Tours will be conducted from December 3rd through December 31st, Saturdays (10 AM to 2 PM) and Sundays (12 PM to 4 PM). Last tour begins 45 minutes before closing. Closed Christmas Eve & Day and New Year's Day. $5 per person, under 12 free! 

Funded in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County, FL

WELCOME to the Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation. In 1854, Thomas Evans and Serena Chesnut Haile moved their family from Camden, South Carolina to Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida. Their 6,200 square foot home was built by 56 enslaved laborers. The Historic Haile Homestead is unique in the nation for its "Talking Walls." For a reason lost to time, the Haile family wrote on the walls of their home - over 12,500 words in almost every room and closet! Come visit us this weekend and see this gem of history, frozen in time. Let the walls speak to you of joys and sorrows of more than a century ago. Visit the Allen and Ethel Graham Visitors Center and Museum! Learn about the enslaved laborers and freedmen, whose stories are intertwined into the fabric of our tours! NEW: Videos to watch while you wait for your tour to begin: "Beginnings" and "Enslavement to Freedom." Learn about a group of cotton planters who relocated from South Carolina to Florida. And more importantly, learn about what slavery was, the brutal truth of it, and how Reconstruction and Jim Crow impacted freedmen in Alachua County and Florida.