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Return to Normal Tour Schedule!

Come visit the Historic Haile Homestead! Learn about the history of the 1856 Homestead, the enslaved people who lived and worked there as well as the Hailes. It's a new year, and we're back to our normal schedule! OPEN for tours on Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm and Sundays, 12 - 4 pm. Last tour begins 45 minutes before closing. Be sure to leave time to watch our "Enslavement to Freedom" and "Beginnings" videos. Masks indoors required.  Last tour begins 45 minutes before closing. $5 per person, under 12 free! For more information, email hailedocent@yahoo.com, or 352-336-9096. 

     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 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.