Historic Haile Homestead hosts annual candlelight visits

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation held its annual candlelight visits Friday night.

The Historic Haile Homestead usually offers daytime tours, but once a year they open it at night so guests can see what an evening on the property would have been like in the 1800s.

Guests stepped back in time as they walked through the house, with live music and rich history filling the rooms.

The Haile family wrote on the walls from the time they moved in in the mid-1800s - leaving behind over 12,500 words all over the house.

“The history is all over the walls, and they talk to you. You’re standing on the original heart pine floors where these people walked. The home is still here because of the enslaved laborers and their skills when they built the house," said Historic Haile Homestead President and Historian Karen Kirkman. "It’s just the most beautiful time to see the house.”

Every December, the house is decorated with a theme. This year the theme is Christmas sweets.

The house will be decorated until January 1.