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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Beautiful Live Oaks & The Old South

Ranger Andy showed us a side of plantation life we hadn't experienced before on other tours. You... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2016
Marion S
via mobile
Interesting and informative

Very reasonable admission price. Interesting introductory film before a personal tour of the house... read more

Reviewed June 3, 2016
Tony Penny F
Bridlington, United Kingdom
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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
+1 912-264-7333
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Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Ranger Andy showed us a side of plantation life we hadn't experienced before on other tours. You can tell he's got the perfect personality to show you a window of history, and he took the time to make us feel special. He had personal stories...More

Thank Marion S
Reviewed June 3, 2016

Very reasonable admission price. Interesting introductory film before a personal tour of the house conducted by Ranger Andy. An entertaining and knowledgeable guide and very approachable.

Thank Tony Penny F
Reviewed May 31, 2016

We arrived at our hotel in Brunswick, GA at 2:00 pm on May 29th, and decided to visit this plantation, which had a one hour tour starting at 4 pm. It was the first stop of our summer, 2016 cross country trip - on the...More

Thank JudyLitchfield
Reviewed May 22, 2016

No fortress with cannons, no haunted tours, no noisy train or bus tour stops, nothing but a leisurely walk thru 800 year old oaks to a turn of the century rice plantation. The fully intact plantation is just as it was the day the final...More

Thank Kevin O
Reviewed May 20, 2016

The grounds, as others have mentioned, are beautiful. We were there the end of May, and unfortunately even with 30% DEET insect repellent, the biting sand flies were so thick I couldn't stay outside because of the biting. None of the other people at the...More

1  Thank David K
Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I loved the Plantation tour and grounds. The Staff was friendly and helpful. We where the 1st tourist there so we got the tour guide all to our selves it was wonderful.

1  Thank Angela O
Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed the tour of the house. The guide shared a lot of interesting history. The real highlight is the grounds and live oaks.

Thank Smithwareagle
Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

When you drive up to the plantation, you first must enter and pay at the visitors center right by the parking lot. Check groupon for tickets as they sometimes have good deals. After a brief movie at the visitor center, then you have to walk...More

1  Thank Troualy
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Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

We had planned to go to Charleston to visit the plantations and stumbled upon this on the way through. Beautifully maintained residence and Andy our tour guide brought the past back to the present in a way that engaged our modern day kids! He was...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed April 29, 2016

There is a lot of walking but it is worth it. Most of it is outdoors so plan to go when it's not too hot out or early in the day. The house is beautiful and the grounds are kept very clean and nice. The...More

1  Thank Jeanette H
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December 11, 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.
November 26, 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
October 19, 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