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Address: 8500 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-5513
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In 1854 the Haile family, from South Carolina, established a 1500 acre Sea...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Gainesville, Florida
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is kind of like a self-service tour. The houses are cool but there is no guide unless you get one.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 the visitor center where there are plenty of historical artifacts to keep you entertained. In... More 

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Karen K, President, HHH Inc. at Historic Haile Homestead, responded to this review

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 from 12 pm to 4 pm with tours at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15. The... More 

Cartersville, Georgia
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 family are represented on the "talking walls". I was given a real history lesson about... More 

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Valrico, Florida
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202 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,854 helpful votes
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 and friends in rooms and closets. Referred to as "The Talking Walls," the writings date... More 

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1 Thank Taylor B
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Christina M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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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Brisbane, Australia
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

Visiting from Australia we were not very familiar with the history of the area. The tour guide was so informative and made our visit much more interesting explaining the history and people of the house. It is fascinating how large the rooms were with very high ceilings. The workmanship of the building is a testament to the skill of craftsmen... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 5 May 2016

Very interesting history. Worth stopping in and taking a tour. Love the writing on the walls and the story behind it. :)

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Thank Melissa W
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

This is a quite large, interesting cracker style home that was built and owned by the Haile family, way-back-when. The main issue I take with our tour guide is how she kept saying that this house was so large because the Hailes were the "top 1% of the top 1%," referring to their riches. Maybe so, but after seeing the... More 

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Karen K, General Manager at Historic Haile Homestead, responded to this review

Sorry for the confusion. The Hailes were indeed among the wealthiest land owners in Alachua County (not the country), however it sounds like the docent exaggerated a bit. Thomas Haile's parents owned a gold mine in what is now Lancaster County, so they were quite wealthy when they came down here, but certainly not to the extent stated by the... More 

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