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Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation

 
 
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Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2013
1. Historic Haile Homestead 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
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cotton planters in this part of Florida.
Florida Heritage Landmark

 
Erected 2005 by Historic Haile Homestead and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-548.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
 
Location. 29° 35.555′ N, 82° 26.03′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on SW Archer Road (State Road 24) near SW 85th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8500 SW Archer Road, Gainesville FL 32608, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kanapaha Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Korean War (approx. 1.8 miles away); Oklahoma City Disaster (approx. 1.8 miles away); American Revolution (approx. 1.8 miles away); War of 1812 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mexican-American War (approx. 1.8 miles away); War Between the States (approx. 1.9 miles away); World War I (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
 
Regarding Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation.
National Register of Historic Places:
Kanapaha (added 1986 - - #86000915)
Also known as Haile Homestead;Haile
Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2013
2. Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation Marker
Plantation House
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Haile,Thomas Evans
♦ Architectural Style: No Style Listed
♦ Area of Significance: Architecture, Agriculture
♦ Period of Significance: 1850-1874
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Domestic
♦ Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
♦ Current Function: Agriculture/Subsistence
 
Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation Marker, looking north along SW Archer Road (SR 24) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 24, 2013
3. Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation Marker, looking north along SW Archer Road (SR 24)
Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation image. Click for full size.
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4. Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 873 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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