Historic Haile Homestead's Talking Walls

by Karen Kirkman
(Gainesville FL)

Historic Haile Homestead

Historic Haile Homestead

Historic Haile Homestead
Party Goers c. 1903
Talking Walls

The restored 1856 plantation house, built by enslaved craftsmen, was the home of Thomas Evans and Serena Chesnut Haile and 14 of their 15 children. They moved to Alachua County in the 1850s from Camden SC.

The Homestead is unique in the nation because it has talking walls. There are over 12,500 words written on the walls of the house going back to 1859, done by Haile family and friends. National Register. Worth the visit to see some "different" kind of history. Expansive exhibit about the enslaved laborers too.

Open Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm, Sundays 12 - 4 pm; $5, under 12 free. Docent-led tours. 8500 SW Archer Rd. Gainesville, Florida


Karen, thank for the introduction to the Historic Haile Homestead. Our visitors may also be interested in knowing that the Homestead is near the entrance of the planned community of Haile Plantation.

Haile Plantation was started in the 1970s and has 2,600 homes on 1,700 acres.

The homestead is also near Kanapa Botanical Garden, another interesting Gainesville attraction.

More information about Haile Homestead can be found at Haile Homestead

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