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Historic Haile Homestead

8500 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-5513
+1 352-336-9096
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Well worth a visit

You tour the house with the help of a docent who brings the history of the house to life, including... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Seattle, Washington
Family History

Many family members grew up in and around Gainesville. This was my first visit to the Homestead... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stew H
Cartersville, Georgia
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8500 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608-5513
+1 352-336-9096
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank Cataplasm
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...More

Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Stew H
Reviewed 4 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.

Thank SunAndBeachSeekers
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

1  Thank Taylor B
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.

Thank Christina M
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.

Thank John H
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...More

1  Thank 00GMF
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. :)

Thank Melissa W
Reviewed 24 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...More

2  Thank tristero15
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...More

Reviewed 15 March 2016

The walls speak at this location where you will find comments from those who attended cocktail parties back in the day. The architectural vernacular is worth studying as well. The grounds are nice, and the history is worth knowing.

Thank Joni E
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David M
Is it open today '---Monday???
27 March 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.