Gainesville, Florida: The "Talking Walls" of Haile Homestead

The Haile family and friends had the peculiar regimen of writing on the walls of their antebellum plantation home -- over 12,500 words in almost every room and closet.
Address:
8500 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL
Directions:
Southwest of the city. I-75 exit 384. Drive west on Hwy 24 for three miles. You'll see the small Haile Homestead sign on the right.
Hours:
Sa 10-2, Su 12-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
352-336-9096
Admission:
Adults $5.00
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Wall scrawling of the Haile Family.

Haile Homestead - Talking Walls

For a reason lost to time, the Haile family and friends wrote on the walls of their antebellum plantation home -- over 12,500 words in almost every room and closet! The oldest dated writing is 1859, and the house was boarded up and abandoned by the early 1930s. It reopened for tours in 2001. The Talking Walls are unique in the nation.

[Karen Kirkman, 12/27/2012]

Covering the interior walls of your house with hand-written notes: was it a love of graffiti or just a lack of scrap paper? The house sells a compilation book of its decorative prose as a souvenir. Sept. 2013: Photo added.

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