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Historic Haile Homestead

8500 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-5513
+1 352-336-9096
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Worth an hour

An interesting period plantation home, very well preserved, though sparsely furnished. No other... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
BobHoward9
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Oviedo, Florida
Interesting Tour

My mother and I enjoyed our tour of the Haile Homestead. The guide was knowledgeable and engaging... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
acphifer
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Athens, Pennsylvania
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In 1854 the Haile family, from South Carolina, established a 1500 acre Sea Island cotton plantation. The 6,200 sq ft home was the site of house parties attended by Gainesville’s finest citizens. The Hailes had an unusual habit of writing on the walls. See the "Talking Walls," over 12,500 words written by family and friends in every room. Exhibit on the enslaved builders. On National Register.
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8500 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-5513
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

An interesting period plantation home, very well preserved, though sparsely furnished. No other structures other than the main house, though reconstructions of out-buildings are planned. Docents were very nice and knowledgeable, and the visit was interesting. Children probably would find it a bit dull.

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

My mother and I enjoyed our tour of the Haile Homestead. The guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Fascinating history of a unique family!

2  Thank acphifer
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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

What an interesting place. This is a historic homestead by some early Gainesville settlers. It only can you tour the home and land, but you can also learn about the people that lived there, both the Haile family and the slaves. I especially found it...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Interesting place to visit. Plenty to see for young and old. Best in Early spring, fall or winter - summer season might be too hot.

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Reviewed 24 May 2017

You tour the house with the help of a docent who brings the history of the house to life, including all the family's writing on the walls. Check out tour times before you arrive because there aren't that many. You wait for your tour in...More

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Karen K, President, HHH Inc. at Historic Haile Homestead, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Thanks for visiting the Historic Haile Homestead and providing feedback! As an all volunteer organization, we open the Homestead to the public on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm with 4 tours beginning on the quarter hour (10:15, 11:15, 12:15 and 1:15) and Sundays...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Many family members grew up in and around Gainesville. This was my first visit to the Homestead, and it was well worth the 6 hour drive to take it all in. It was a real experience for me to see the many members of my...More

2  Thank Stew H
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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our way through Gainesville. Beautiful home with lots of neat history. $5 cost per person and that includes a tour. Tour was about 45 minutes. Worth the visit.

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Reviewed 14 November 2016

You've never seen anything like this, with the possible exception of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner's Rowan Oak in Oxford, Mississippi, which has an excerpt of Faulkner's "Absalom, Absalom" scribbled on a wall. At Historic Haile Homestead, there are over 12,500 words written by family...More

2  Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Talking Walls! Our family of 3 boys ages 16, 13, and 10 enjoyed visiting this piece of history! The staff is friendly and shared much information.

1  Thank Christina M
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

The talking walls are the really cool thing here. Guests used to be allowed to write on the plaster walls leaving interesting comments about their stay which was usually weeks long.

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The Homestead is open for tours on Saturday 10 am to 2 pm and Sundays 12 to 4 pm. Weekday tours are offered by appointment, depending on docent availability.
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