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LIMITED REOPENING!

The Historic Haile Homestead will be OPEN the following dates through March:

Sunday, February 21st, 12-4 PM, Last tour begins at 3:15 PM

Saturday, February 27th, 10 AM - 2 PM, Last tour begins at 1:15 PM

Sunday, March 7th, 12-4 PM. Last tour begins at 3:15 PM

Saturday, March 13th, 10 AM - 2 PM, last tour begins at 1:15 PM

Sunday, March 21st, 12-4 PM, last tour begins at 3:15 PM

Saturday, March 27th, 10 AM - 2 PM, last tour begins at 1:15 PM

Masks are required, for visitors and docents. Tours will be limited to no more than 10 people. We're not yet ready to return to a normal schedule but we expanded our Open dates through March. We will post any updates here and on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/hailehomestead

Support Historic Haile Homestead Inc. with your Membership

In early 2020, we were on track to have the best visitation numbers in our history, and then COVID-19 entered the picture. In spite of a long closure during the summer and fall, and months of no tour revenue, I’m happy to report that the Historic Haile Homestead is still in business. We owe our survival to our HHH members and other supporters who have helped us weather this storm so far.  We were also able to finish several projects, including the completion of two videos shown in the Allen & Ethel Graham Visitors Center: “Beginnings” which is about the reasons the Hailes, Chesnuts and others migrated to Florida in the 1850s, and “Enslavement to Freedom,” a brutally honest story of the transition from slavery to freedom and the challenges faced by freedmen from Kanapaha and other plantations here in Alachua County and Florida as a whole. We also fundraised to beef up security at the Homestead and the grounds. The new highway sign is currently being fabricated and the Kitchen rebuild is expected to be started soon.

 

All of these accomplishments are made possible by the support of members! We rely on HHH members to help preserve and operate the Homestead for the public to enjoy.  As you know, the Historic Haile Homestead Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization manned entirely by a dedicated corps of volunteer docents and board members.  Our main financial support to cover operating expenses comes from HHH members. Please consider joining HHH today and supporting the important work we do! Click on the How to Help tab above and learn more.

There is a yellow Donate button on that page and below, if you want to go ahead and join. Membership levels start at $20 per calendar year. Thank you!

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 sq ft 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 & 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.

TOUR HOURS
Open only once per week, alternating Saturdays and Sundays, due to pandemic.

    Saturdays  10 AM - 2 PM  

Tours at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15 & 1:15

 

Sundays   12 PM - 4 PM

Tours at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 & 3:15

No reservations needed for regular weekend tours.

Weekdays by special appointment for Group tours available (requested no less than one week in advance)  

$5 per person  

      Cash/Check/Credit Card

  Children under 12 FREE

 

Weekday Group tours available  

Buses welcome!

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8500 SW Archer Road

Gainesville, FL 32608

 

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4941 SW 91st Ter., Ste 101

Gainesville, FL 32608

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