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“A Real Plantation Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

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
Westfield, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Real Plantation Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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Oswego, New York, United States
1 review
“Glad we went!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

So glad we stopped and visited this plantation. The whole visit only took about 2 hours although you can spend more time if you wish. We had a tour of the house which took about an hour with a very informative tour guide. The grounds and outbuildings were self guided and you could take as long as you wanted. The house and the outbuildings all offered interesting tidbits as how life was lived and how it evolved over a period of time.
This attraction was also pet friendly! Not only were we able to bring our pet on the grounds, he was allowed in the museum and the house as well. This was a pleasant surprise!

Visited January 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A day in history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Our guide made sure everyone in the group, from teenagers to seniors, understood what life was like. He had a way of drawing everyone into the story. The site is amazing. We only had time to see the home and some outbuildings. I hope to return and see the garden and nature trails.

Visited January 2013
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Oswego, New York, United States
1 review
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“Georgia History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Fantastic historic site regarding rice plantation history of Georgia. The tour guide created a sense of presence of the family who lived and owned this plantation. The welcome center on site provided an excellent background history of the area and the plantation during the 1800's, and the tour guide brought this information to life. Great experience for family and friends.

Visited January 2013
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Detroit, Michigan
1 review
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“Pleasantly Surprised”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

I visited this plantation because not because it was something that I was interested in, but rather my mother, fiancee, and sister-in-law were interested in visiting it. I was not expecting to enjoy the tour of the plantation but I found myself more and more fascinated by the story and history. It was incredible to walk the nature trail and go onto the look out's and see the vastness of what used to be the rice fields. The tour of the home was informational and entertaining (thanks to Ranger Andy)! Ranger Andy was incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and humorous and treated each person on the tour like his own family. All of the staff at the historic plantation site were friendly, helpful, and genuinely concerned with the quality of each person's experience at the historic plantation. I don't claim to be a person who generally enjoys history but I learned a lot from this experience and found it quite enjoyable.

Visited December 2012
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