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Study the walls

I went because I was interested to see what was written on the walls. There are a lot of names from... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
Louis F
Tampa, Florida
See the original homestead

Haile is a wonderful place to see what once was in the Gainesville area. It reminds you of how we... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2018
Gainesville, Florida
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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...more
8500 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-5513
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Reviewed January 29, 2015

Yes, this historic plantation and simple house is home to not only the Haile family but "the Talking Walls." Each rooms of this historic home has written notations on its walls. Perhaps there was a shortage of paper or they wanted a permant copy of...More

3  Thank twistabout
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed March 24, 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...More

2  Thank tristero15
Karen K, General Manager at Historic Haile Homestead, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2016

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...More

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Reviewed September 30, 2018

I went because I was interested to see what was written on the walls. There are a lot of names from guest lists for parties and random writings. It was cool to take some time to read parts of the wall and see what actually...More

Thank Louis F
Reviewed June 6, 2018

The staff seemed ill informed and unable to answer even the most basic questions. We found it interesting but were expecting more of an informational tour.

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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Haile is a wonderful place to see what once was in the Gainesville area. It reminds you of how we use to live, and how far now technology has taken us. The Haile Village is also a nice are to walk around and enjoy the...More

Thank msessions91960
Reviewed October 4, 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.

2  Thank BobHoward9
Reviewed August 6, 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
Reviewed July 19, 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

3  Thank GatorGirl428
Reviewed July 10, 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.

1  Thank vkrombach
Reviewed May 23, 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

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

Reviewed May 22, 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

3  Thank Stew H
Reviewed December 4, 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.

1  Thank SunAndBeachSeekers
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David M
March 27, 2017|
Response from Karen K | Property representative |
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.