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“Peaceful and interesting historic site”

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Brunswick
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

Andy was a great tour guide who answered all of our questions about the main house and surrounding property. The tour was a lot of fun and the grounds of the site were beautiful.

Thank msrmj
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We stopped to visit the plantation on our way to Florida last weekend. We really enjoyed the tour and opportunity to interact with staff and volunteers! The ranger at the plantation home was very knowledgable and interesting. He directed us to the fish camp for a fantastic seafood dinner. It was a great afternoon

Thank Mike E
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We had friends visiting us and decided to take them to this plantation as we had not been there ourselves. We were very pleasantly surprised! Beautiful grounds, excellent museum/film and the tour of plantation house home was excellent! Andy was our guide - he was very knowledgeable, thorough and entertaining - he made the tour of the home very enjoyable.
We will be back again in the spring and bring some other friends to enjoy it.

Thank glassboro
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We revisited the Plantation and Ranger Andy was our guide again this year. We came with friends who had not been before. I learned more this year than last year. Ranger Andy pointed out changes in communication methods and explained many familiar phrases. Definitely worth a second and third visit.

Thank Katherine P
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We arrived at 9am and read the description on the signs. It indicated a "short walk" on the internet site but the sign indicated 1/4 mile walk to the house. For anyone who can't walk that far beware. Also, one website said open Tuesday thru Saturday. a sign on Jekyll island said closed Mondays. the state website said open Thursday thru Saturday. It was all a bit confusing so we called. The message says "due to budget cuts we are open Thursday thru Saturday. We ended up not going because of the long walk so I am just reviewing the "pre" .

4  Thank cindy s
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