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Tracing Your Ancestors


Saturday, April 15th 1 PM

Join us on Saturday, April 15th at 1 PM for a "Tracing Your Ancestors” workshop by Tatanya Peterson, descendant and genealogist, and Karen Kirkman, President & Historian, Historic Haile Homestead Inc. • At Kanapaha Church, 6221 SW 75th Terrace, Gainesville


Peterson will share how she traced her family line back to Hampton and Grace Hathcock, her 4X great grandparents, who were enslaved on the plantation of James Chesnut, near Alachua, Florida. Learn about the discoveries she made and how she did it. Kirkman, a volunteer transcriber, will discuss how to access and query the on-line Alachua County Ancient Records, and what might be discovered there.

Free and open to the public!

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.

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