We don't like crowds, we like low key, we are very interested in authentic historical experiences, nature, and we like to learn from looking, exploring on our own, and partaking of the ambiance of a site. The Hofwyn-Broadfield Plantation exceeded our expectations. We went on a Saturday in January. We were awed by the 600 to 800 year old Live Oak tree. We enjoyed the house tour led by knowledgeable and natural docent, Jean Choate. We spent several hour walking the nature trail, peeking into the outbuildings, reading the instructive signage, visiting the camellia garden, and sitting on a bench under the live oaks festooned with Spanish moss. We learned a out the family that started this plantation and it's history growing rice during slave days and afterwards. I felt the treatment of its slave past and operation after the Civil War was honest and sensitive. The bookstore had a diverse wealth of books telling the stories of former slaves and workers as well as the plantation owners. They also had a great collection of gifts for kids and adults like the shell bracelets, metal frog, campfire pocket puzzles, etc. We had great weather--72 degrees-- to enjoy this treasure of the South's past. We really liked it so much.
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