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“Great find!”

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Brunswick
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Mount Morris, New York
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Great find!”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

The history lesson about the slaves on a rice plantation.

Visited March 2012
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Darien, Georgia
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29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience!”
Reviewed February 26, 2012

This is a wonderful place to visit. Very informative, and interesting. The house is beautifully decorated in the old style. It is a fun place for adults and children. The Christmas special they do the first weekend in December is a fabulous tradition! A must see when in the area. Beautiful spot for photographs as well!

1 Thank PinKLindsayGA
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Charleston, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
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“Andy was great +++”
Reviewed November 26, 2011

Took my family and grandparents Saturday to the plantation and had a wonderful time. Mud-Cat Charlies for lunch then a tour of the plantation.The movie got us warmed up learning about the 5 generations that occupied the estate. Then arriving at the house and meeting Andy ! Andy the tour guide is quite a character and is perfect for the job. We were all very impressed with his knowledge and fun personality. If Ms. Olivia was alive she would be very proud of the way Andy shows her home and grounds. The live Oak trees are 600 - 800 years old, first time I have ever seen a tree branch grow down to the ground, travel 20 feet underground then grow straight up above ground.

Visited November 2011
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Interesting look at the past”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

My wife and I enjoyed our stop at the plantation. The Spanish moss covered oak trees are beautiful. While the house is not a mansion it was very interesting to hear the guide explain how it was lived in by a member of the family until recently. Most of the original furnishings are still there. Our guide did talk about slavery and how slaves were used on the plantation but not in any way that could be conceived as offensive.

Visited October 2011
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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118 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Very worthwhile historic site. Not Tara, but more realistic.”
Reviewed September 11, 2011

The home is more historic farm house than fancy mansion. But it contains all original furnishings and the history of multiple generations working to keep their land. House tour was informative and appropriate. One set of stairs involved. You can see all the fancy houses you want a few miles farther north in Savannah, but nothing like Hofwyl-Broadfield.

Museum has a good film and best explanation I have seen of the mechanics and complexity of rice cultivation. (Bu I haven't been to the Rice Museum in Georgetown, SC yet .) Old family silver is stunning. Grounds are spacious and scenic. Shade galore from huge oaks. Several magnolias adjacent to the house are the largest I have ever see. If you visit in May, the bloom should be stunning.

Hefty walk from museum/parking to house...but if you have difficulty walking, ask the staff and they may allow you to drive your car around the back road and park by the house.

Georgia funding cutbacks have reduced the days they are open, so check before you go.

Only a few minute drive south from Darien. On the way you will pass the site of the Butler Island rice plantation, scene of the Pierce Butler/Fannie Kemble dysfunctional couple 19th century drama. Watch for the brick rice mill smokestack by the highway. Was the subject of a Jane Seymour/Keith Carradine made-for-TV movie, "Enslavement", some years ago.

Visited September 2011
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