Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, Brunswick: Hours, Address, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Reviews: 4.5/5

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Marlen S
Clayton, NC5 contributions
Family
We mostly came because of the Easter Scavenger Hunt, but were positively surprised during our visit. The plantation grounds are stunning and well maintained with beautiful marsh views and ancient live oaks. We loved the detailed tour of the plantation house. The volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and clearly love what they do. Great afternoon learning a little about the history of our vacation spot.
Written April 15, 2022
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Charleah C
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Has a friendly and informative staff. The movie explaining the family background was excellent as well as the small attached museum.
As a prior docent at an oregon historic home, I felt the home was very well done. And the furniture, accessories and pictures really contributed to a sense of family. Was also glad to see pictures and former workers talking about the economics of rice production and the history of slave workers. More stories of that era would be interesting.
I am hopeful that the house/grounds can continue telling the story and hope using more social media can spread the word about this hidden gem.
Written July 29, 2021
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Traveler
139 contributions
Couples
We would recommend you stopping here for a tour.
The woman at the Visitor Center is very polite and friendly. She thinks that the slaves were lucky to live here. It was very difficult to hear this. She should keep those comments to herself. They were extremely racist.
Overall, the plantation is very historical. it has all original contents inside and is a beautiful, but long walk through the oak trees filled with Spanish Moss.
Written February 13, 2022
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HotCookNYC
New York City, NY41 contributions
Family
We arrived 5 min past 1:00 pm not realizing that tours were available only once in an hour (no indication of this rule on parks website) At park’s “welcome center” we were told that we could not join the 1:00 pm tour and had to wait another 55 minutes for 2:00 pm tour. Unfortunately we were on a tight schedule so waiting 1 h was not an option. We could not see the grounds either without paying full admission price that should have included the tour of the main house. Effectively we had to leave without seeing anything thanks to some obstinate, miserable and grumpy state park employee. I guess $0 is better than $26. Go Georgia!
Written December 30, 2021
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rev_angie
Cherokee Village, AR139 contributions
Couples
The woman in the visitor center was wonderful as was the informative film and museum. However, our 1:00 tour of the plantation never happened. After waiting for 25 minutes, we gave up. If a tour is scheduled to start at 1:00, it should. People should not be kept waiting. We even called back to the visitor center and we’re told she would try to contact the woman who was probably still giving her 12:00 tour. We had to wait on the front porch in the cold wind. It was a waste of our time.
Written January 4, 2022
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localherenow
Hendersonville, NC27 contributions
If you love history, this is a must visit. Lovely grounds and the main house is intact complete with antique furniture. Our guide was very knowledgeable and receptive to questions, taking time to answer. This tour was a pleasure!
Written March 29, 2021
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packedlite
Cambridge, MA396 contributions
Firstly, it is a ten minute walk from the parking lot to the house. Not a problem for us, but could be for some. The walk is beautiful - lovely live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. The tour of the house was done well. The house is exactly as it was when the last owner died in the 1970’s. The guide tells the interesting story of the plantation when it had over 350 slaves to grow rice. There is a picnic area, a small museum and an introductory movie which is well done.
Written February 23, 2020
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Mike L
Alabama Mountain Lakes, AL193 contributions
Couples
The trees on this property will amaze you. One is over 600 years old. The furniture in the home is beautiful. The staff is extremely nice. This is a great place to walk and get a snapshot of history and hear the story of a very unique family history.
Written October 14, 2020
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SED960
Windermere, FL258 contributions
I'm so glad I did some research and made a trip to see this on our trip to St Simons/Jekyll Island. You start at the visitor's center and see a short film, then make a walk through the absolutely stunning grounds (it is a bit of a walk for those with physical issues - my husband drove his electric scooter which was easier) up to the main house where there are tours on the hour. The guide was informative and the house is beautifully maintained. Definitely worth a visit. (Side note - bring bug spray - we got eaten alive on the walk up to the house!)
Written July 31, 2021
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,719 contributions
I went with high expectations after having been to several other plantations in VA and LA. This was more of a farmhouse, but the property was beautiful. There are plenty of parking outside of the VC. The woman in the VC booking tours was polite. Tours are only on the top of the hour so be sure to plan around that, but you can walk the grounds while you are waiting. It was a neat glimpse into GA history, but nothing I would recommend going out of your way to see.
Written January 18, 2022
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