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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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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