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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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If you can only visit one place in Brunswick-go here

When we walked up and immediately ran into the visitor center's cat I was sold. The movie was... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Katie F
Pleasant Sunday afternoon

Make sure you view the movie in the Visitors Center - there's much to be learned about the history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

When we walked up and immediately ran into the visitor center's cat I was sold. The movie was informative yet brief and the museum had just enough in it where you could walk around and enjoy it all without being overwhelmed or bored. The house...More

Thank Katie F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you view the movie in the Visitors Center - there's much to be learned about the history of this plantation. There can be a lot of walking involved. We took the path to the Plantation House and then did the tour of the...More

Thank RGCookie
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there and had a great time. Day was perfect. Staff was outstanding, Watched a 17 minute video first - then walked the grounds. Only problem I foresee is accessibility for the disabled. Long walk from the Check in to the plantation and I didn't...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful plantation setting--very well versed and knowledgeable ranger--good relaxing afternoon--I especially liked the old farm machinery they had in the barn. Our guide was outstanding!!

Thank Gary G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I and another couple spent 3 enjoyable hours here on Saturday, March 20th. We all learned about the rich historic value this home had in Glynn County and the deep roots this family had in the area. We had a good walk...More

Thank Martha B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Georgia is known for peaches, cotton peanuts and pecans; but rice? Who knew? Way back when GA was full of rice and Hofwyl was a true leader. A beautifully laid out location, peaceful and serene - Hofwyl has been a favorite destination for Christmas night...More

Thank 738DavidD738
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I bought a groupon foR this tour. Andy was our tour guide and he was awesome! There is so much history here and he really tries to take us back to the time when Ophelia lived in the home. The plantation was beautiful and I...More

Thank momma2be
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

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
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

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.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 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
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kayliepark2
11 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.
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spazen34
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
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mcdrescher
19 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
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