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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Ranked #1 of 33 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed April 18, 2013

We enjoyed our visit. Our guide was very interesting and really engaged the kids as well as keeping the adult's attention. The grounds are beautiful as well.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Past the plantation on another trip and decided to go this time. The plantation is large and sits as it did when last occupied. All the furniture is correct to the time period and is fascinating to see how people lived years ago. Recommend this stop when in town.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

My wife, daughter and I wanted to see a plantation and learn more about rice growing in the low country. We did the short drive from Savannah after discovering the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation on Wikipedia. It's a gem, with gorgeous live oaks. The house is quite unpretentious, and looks more like a modest farmhouse, rather than the Gone-with-the-Wind mansion. But Ranger Andy does a terrific job explaining the family history, which really comes to life. We topped it off with a walk on the nature trail. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Gus W
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Our visit was unplanned and impromptu...and I am so glad that it happened. As it was my first visit to the plantation, I was mostly absorbing the new information and unfamiliar sights. I and my fellow sight see-ers truly enjoyed our visit with Ranger Andy; he greatly enhanced our experience. I can't wait to return with more questions for him and to spend time delving deeper into the history and just soaking in the beauty of the area.

2  Thank AlphabetHoops
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We were NOT impressed with Ranger Andy's tour of the house. Maybe he is better with school groups, but for our cluster of approximately 15 adults he was pretentious, bossy, impatient, and snippy. He seemed to hurry us through the house so he could give advice on local eateries.

I suggest spending more time in the museum, and walking the grounds. Skip the house tour if Andy is at the helm.

1  Thank kalifornia
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