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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

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Address: 5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
Phone Number:
+1 912-264-7333
Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s...

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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Great tour and wonderful house and grounds

We have intended to visit here since we moved to the area four years ago, and now we can't believe we waited so long. The house has lots of original, unique family furnishings... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have intended to visit here since we moved to the area four years ago, and now we can't believe we waited so long. The house has lots of original, unique family furnishings that have been in the same family for generations. The acres of grounds are magnificent, with dozens of huge, stately Live Oak trees. What a special gift... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the day here. Blessed with beautiful weather and was interesting. Guide was informative and we found it!

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Eatonton, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Don't miss the opportunity to tour this interesting plantation on the Georgia coast. Ranger Randy does a great job describing what life was like for the 5 generations that once lived here. This is very helpful to teens and children . The short walk through the live oak grove to the house is very impressive. The welcome center film and... More 

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Brunswick, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This knot only an inviting and engaging historic site, it is a great opportunity to observe life and lifestyles in the 19th century in Southeast Georgia. Both middle school age children and above will find this site delightful and wonderful learning experience.

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Thank Mary F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Very well-preserved Rice Plantation dating back to the early 19th Century. Docent "Ranger Andy" was rich with stories of the last two ladies in this multi-generational line who owned, ran and bequeathed the plantation to the State of Georgia. Walking the grounds gave a sense of the scope of this kind of operation in the coastal marshes of the south.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We visited just before thanksgiving, sadly the ranger who would have given the your, had a day off, so a volunteer stood in. I never heard the rangers tour, so I can't compare. The volunteer was a delight and was able to give us her spin on the house and history. What was lovely was her enthusiasm and she was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

A very sort detour of I-95, in Brunswick, is the a beautiful live oak tree covered rice Plantation and summer home of a wealthy Savannah family. The history is preserved from slavery through post civil war reconstruction and the generations of women who fought to preserve the land and their way of life. Ranger Andy gave a great tour of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Definitely worth a visit. Short distance off Highway 95. Great historical location to learn more about the economics of slavery in relation to the rice culture of the South between 1800 - 1915. Five generations of one family lived on this land and interesting to view how property evolved after slavery was abolished by creating a working dairy farm until... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful plantation, beautiful city... great staff and great guide... a historical must see! Lots of bugs!!

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Richmond Hill, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

A rice plantation on the altamaha River basin near Darien. There is a small museum, a seventeen minute film, a plantation house with original furniture and other buildings. The house guide, Andy, was very knowledgeable and ladies in the museum were great. They have special events with enactments listed on their site.

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