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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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A Family House On A Beautiful Piece of Property

The final impression is of visiting an old lady's home on a piece of land that is reported to have... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Winnipeg, Canada
Great place to visit.

This was a great place to visit for a quick trip to the past. Very informative. Fantastic place to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jericho, Vermont
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This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River. The plantation and its inhabitants were part of the genteel low country society that developed during the antebellum period. While many factors made rice cultivation increasingly difficult in the years after the Civil War, the family continued to grow rice until 1913.The enterprising siblings of the fifth generation at Hofwyl-Broadfield resolved to start a dairy rather than sell their family home. The efforts of Gratz, Miriam and Ophelia Dent led to the preservation of their family legacy. Ophelia was the last heir to the rich traditions of her ancestors, and she left the plantation to the state of Georgia in 1973.A museum features silver from the family collection and a model of Hofwyl-Broadfield during its heyday. A brief film on the plantation’s history is shown before visitors walk a short trail to the antebellum home. A guided tour allows visitors to see the home as Ophelia kept it with family heirlooms, 18th and 19th century furniture and Cantonese china. A stop on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, this is an excellent spot to look for herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings. A nature trail that leads back to the Visitors Center along the edge of the marsh where rice once flourished.
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5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The final impression is of visiting an old lady's home on a piece of land that is reported to have once been an active rice farm. The historical story is that Hofwyl-Broadfield was a rice farm worked by enslaved people. There is nothing remaining of...More

Thank SueFromWinnipeg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great place to visit for a quick trip to the past. Very informative. Fantastic place to visit. The old buildings are great to see. Walking the grounds is a great experience in itself.

Thank mikeleeriver
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an old rice plantation. The grounds are beautiful and the house is nice. The museum tells about the rice culture in Ga. They used to have cows on the property but to many complained about stepping in cow pies. So they removed the...More

Thank Tajm10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were tired of the long I95 drive and hooped off the highway in search of a nice break. We came here and the whole family had a great time. In fact the grounds were beautiful and interesting. The historic houses and barns were great....we...More

Thank Beany_from_Brooklyn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An historic rice plantation that evolved and matured during the proprietary era post 1670, and sustained through countless hurricanes and epidemics of malaria and personal misfortunes. These magnificent grounds and preserved outbuildings were preserved by the wits and determination of two devoted and gritty women...More

1  Thank Laurel B
Reviewed 1 December 2017

Lovely welcoming park staff. Beautiful grounds. Wonderful place for a walk. If you don't want to visit the house, it is a beautiful spot to stop anyway for a picnic. Walking the woods around the house, you don't see the house, so you can just...More

Thank mygamemyrules
Reviewed 13 November 2017

You may never imagine this place with a big aging oak forest, and large plantation with such an old history. Surrounded by the modern cities, over thousands acres of land are well protected. Those black labors' work place has become the marsh that contribute to...More

Thank weionly1
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This plantation stemmed from 5 generations of a southern family where rice was originally produded and then dairy farming. Great plantation to visit. Original house burned down, but the home built in the late 1800's, early 1900's is still standing and furbished with the origininal...More

Thank CruiseTraveler_9
Reviewed 8 November 2017

My only experience with this Plantation is at Christmas. They do a candlelight tour every year. It is beautiful. They also usually have reenactors there as well. They have Santa and snacks as well. It is a don't miss occasion for my family. It is...More

1  Thank gmaj_05
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This place has a museum with a great video and the plantation house and out-buildings. The house tour is excellent and it has all original furnishings that are original to the last owner of the home. The live oaks are breathtaking dating back several hundred...More

Thank Janet S
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12 December 2017|
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Response from Bill G | Property representative |
Prior to the Civil War in the 1850's, though we cannot give an exact date.
26 November 2017|
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Response from GrannyKirk21 | Reviewed this property |
The house has stairs but anywhere else you should be fine. Great program and staff who will be accommodating
20 October 2017|
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Response from 285jessed | Reviewed this property |
You would only be allowed to stop and picnic by paying the entrance fee. I did go one day to just have a walk in the park area, only to be told I would have to pay entrance! Good luck! Or try Mary Ross Park near downtown... More