Closed Labor Day Weekend (Sept 3rd & 4th)
VOLUNTEER DOCENTS NEEDED
Help us tell the full story of the Homestead by leading tours on a Saturday (10 AM - 2 PM) or a Sunday (12 PM - 4 PM) - just once a month. We provide a docent manual and three training classes. To learn more, click on the How To Help tab above and scroll down for information on our volunteer program. There's even a way to register online! This is a great way to meet the public, learn about local and Florida history, and share the stories of the Haile family, the enslaved people and the freedmen. High school students can even earn Community Service hours, as we are a 501c3 non-profit organization. Questions? Call (352) 336-9096.
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.