FLOR500, Garden 285 Thomas Evans Haile, Early Settler (1824–1890) In 1854, Thomas Evans Haile, his wife, Esther Serena Chestnut Haile, and their five children, arrived in Alachua County, Florida from Camden, South Carolina and established a 1,500-acre Sea Island cotton plantation. The home was named Kanapaha, a native term for “small thatched houses.” The 6,200 square-foot house was solidly built of heart pine and cypress (siding is cypress), using braced frame construction and mortise and tenon joinery. Completed in 1856, the house stands as a testament to the skill and expertise of the enslaved craftsmen who built it.
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Thomas Evans Haile, Early Settler

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Thomas Evans Haile, Early Settler

(1824–1890)

In 1854, Thomas Evans Haile, his wife, Esther Serena Chestnut Haile, and their five children, arrived in Alachua County, Florida from Camden, South Carolina and established a 1,500-acre Sea Island cotton plantation. The home was named Kanapaha, a native term for "small thatched houses.” The 6,200 square-foot house was solidly built of heart pine and cypress (siding is cypress), using braced frame construction and mortise and tenon joinery. Completed in 1856, the house stands as a testament to the skill and expertise of the enslaved craftsmen who built it.





 




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