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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
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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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A Step Back in Time

This plantation was left much like it was when the last owner passed away in 1973. Her car keys are still in the ignition. Harvesting rice must have been deathly while working... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 September 2016
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Waco, Texas

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Waco, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

This plantation was left much like it was when the last owner passed away in 1973. Her car keys are still in the ignition. Harvesting rice must have been deathly while working in the mud, August heat, and mosquitos. If only the trees could talk; some are over 800 years old. Highly recommend a visit.

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This has to be one of the larges stands of old live oaks around, two are said to be near 800 yrs old. There are lots of out buildings on the property, the guide was VERY informative. The entire tour was very interesting, The two sisters that donated this beautiful property are an interesting story in them selves. They brought... More 

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Brunswick, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We recently moved close to it about two years ago and just never made the effort to go visit the plantation. While family was down, we decided to make a visit to it. We were very pleasantly surprised...absolutely beautiful grounds and a nice step back in history.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Had a life long civil war reenactor tell me he believed that this location had the oldest trees in Georgia- so we made the trek to see this place. And these were the biggest oak trees we had ever seen! The tour was very interesting, you could tell our guide had a deep love for this place. It was fascinating... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Ranger Andy was very knowledgeable about the family and the plantation. We really enjoyed the guided tour. The main house and the welcome center are air-conditioned.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We had a few hours to venture out and we were not disappointed! This plantation is charming and the home is lovely. While listening to our guide, it was very easy to feel nostalgic while viewing the home in its original state. A true gem!

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Brunswick, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Easy to get to parking area, lots of shade trees and a wonderful breeze from the marsh. The guides for the house are really well informed. My guy answered all of the questions and even added little side stories about the family. The film before the tour is great explaining the background of the family and history of the plantation... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Well worth a visit - lovely grounds and house especially the furnishings which have been kept - provides a glimpse into a bygone age.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This plantation and park are well worth visiting. I stopped by 07/14/2016 on my ride back to Florida from Savannah by US17 highway. However it would be easy off I-95 as well. The plantation house is not a grand old manor, but more a large farm house and its support complex including slave quarters. I took the house tour and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

My wife and I frequently travel to Jacksonville, Fl. from Savannah, Ga. to see family. On this particular trip we were heading to St. Simon's Island. Let me suggest that you get off the "White Knuckling I-95", and take US 17 for a while. It is a real time capsule. The Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation is truly a rich and genuine... More 

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