Haile Homestead Holidays – Gainesville Florida

Haile Homestead Holidays – Gainesville Florida

Haile Homestead Christmas

Haile Homestead Christmas - Photo courtesy of Karen Kirkman

It’s just about that time of year again, when Haile Homestead breaks out its period finery and readies for the holidays.  This year, the Haile Homestead Holidays will be held on Sunday, December 5, from 12 to 4 PM.  Admission is $1, and free to guests under 12 years old.   Enjoy hot cider and homemade baked goodies while listening to live holiday music by the P.K. Yonge Women’s Ensemble.  Docents in period Victorian costume will be on hand to explain a little bit about Haile Homestead.

The Haile Homestead will be open for candlelight visits on Friday, December 10, from 6-10 PM. Admission is $10, and free to guests under 12.  If you go to the Haile Homestead Holidays on December 5 you can purchase tickets for the December 10 candlelight visits for $7.  Live holiday music for the Candlelight Visit will be provided by the P. K. Yonge Women’s Ensemble.  Free refreshments.

Haile Homestead is what remains of the 1500 acrea Sea Island Cotton plantation named Kanapaha, established by Thomas Evans Haile and his wife Serena in 1854 with the help of 66 slaves they brought with them from South Carolina.

The 6200 square foot home was built to house The Hailes and their 15 children, and was constructed over a period of two years by enslaved craftsmen.  The Haile Homestead is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the last remaining antebellum homes in North Central Florida.

Haile Plantation, the award-winning New Urbanism planned community in Gainesville Florida, is actually comprised of 1100 acres from the original Sea Island Cotton plantation of Kanapaha established by the Haile family.

The Historic Haile Homestead is open for tours on Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM, and on Sundays from Noon until 4 PM.   These tours are a great way to get a more in-depth look at life on Haile Homestead. Tours are $5 per person, and guests under 12 are free.

For more information, please call 352-336-9096 or visit the Haile Homestead website.

About Coleen DeGroff

Leave A Comment...