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Historic Haile Homested At Kanapaha Plantation

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2013
1. Historic Haile Homested At Kanapaha Plantation Marker


Inscription. One of the oldest houses in Alachua County, the Historic Haile Homestead was the home of Thomas Evans Haile, his wife Esther Serena Chesnut Haile and 14 of their children. The Hailes came here from Camden, South Carolina in 1854 to establish a 1,500-acre Sea Island Cotton plantation which they named Kanapaha. Enslaved black craftsmen completed the 6,200-square-foot manse in 1856. The 1860 census showed 66 slaves living here. The Hailes survived bankruptcy in 1868 and turned the property into a productive farm, growing a variety of fruits and vegetables including oranges. Serena Haile died in 1895; Thomas in 1896. The Homestead, which passed to son Evans, a prominent defense attorney, became the site of house parties attended by some of Gainesville’s most distinguished citizens. The Hailes had the unusual habit of writing on the walls; all together over 12,500 words with the oldest writing dating to the 1850’s. The Homestead was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. A restoration was completed in 1996. Still partly owned by descendants of Evans Haile, the Homestead is one of the few remaining homesteads built by Sea Island cotton planters in this part of Florida.
Florida Heritage Landmark

 
Erected 2005 by Historic Haile Homestead and the
Historic Haile Homested At Kanapaha Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2013
2. Historic Haile Homested At Kanapaha Plantation Marker
Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-548.)
 
Location. 29° 35.555′ N, 82° 26.03′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on SW Archer Road (Florida Route 24) near SW 85th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8500 SW Archer Road, Gainesville FL 32608, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Stage Road (approx. 2.9 miles away); Fort Clarke (approx. 4.7 miles away); Serenola Plantation (approx. 5.6 miles away); Florida Extension (approx. 6.6 miles away); Archer (approx. 6.8 miles away); Thomas Gilbert Pearson (approx. 6.8 miles away); David Levy Yulee and Cotton Wood Plantation (approx. 6.8 miles away); Archer Veterans (approx. 6.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gainesville.
 
Regarding Historic Haile Homested At Kanapaha Plantation.
National Register of Historic Places:
Kanapaha (added 1986 - - #86000915)
Also known as Haile Homestead;Haile Plantation House
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Haile,Thomas Evans
♦ Architectural Style: No Style Listed
♦ Area of Significance:
Historic Haile Homested At Kanapaha Plantation Marker, looking north along SW Archer Road (SR 24) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2013
3. Historic Haile Homested At Kanapaha Plantation Marker, looking north along SW Archer Road (SR 24)
Architecture, Agriculture
♦ Period of Significance: 1850-1874
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Domestic
♦ Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
♦ Current Function: Agriculture/Subsistence
 
Also see . . .  Historic Haile Homestead, Inc. By the early 1930's, the house was boarded up and sat abandoned. (Submitted on November 14, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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4. Historic Haile Homested At Kanapaha Plantation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 432 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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