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Magical at Christmas

A wonderfully preserved plantation house, with well-balanced historical accounts of the family on... read more

Reviewed May 7, 2019
GeoffreyG829
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Gainesville, Florida
Excellent tour with a personal connection

Tour guide had relatives involved with the property for decades. Extensive knowledge of the... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2019
311charlesg
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The Villages, 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
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

A wonderfully preserved plantation house, with well-balanced historical accounts of the family on panels thrroughout. The best time to visit is in December, when the home is lit by candles, and enhanced by Christmas decorations throughout.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

Tour guide had relatives involved with the property for decades. Extensive knowledge of the property, family history and writings on the walls. Talked nonstop to get it all in during the hour.

Date of experience: February 2019
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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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank wheninroam05
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

Date of experience: May 2018
1  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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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!

Date of experience: July 2017
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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.

Date of experience: September 2016
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

Date of experience: May 2017
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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

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David M
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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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