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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

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Address: 5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
Phone Number: +1 912-264-7333
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09:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s...

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.

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Interesting site, pleasant visit

We visited just before thanksgiving, sadly the ranger who would have given the your, had a day off, so a volunteer stood in. I never heard the rangers tour, so I can't compare... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Ware, United Kingdom

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Ware, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited just before thanksgiving, sadly the ranger who would have given the your, had a day off, so a volunteer stood in. I never heard the rangers tour, so I can't compare. The volunteer was a delight and was able to give us her spin on the house and history. What was lovely was her enthusiasm and she was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very sort detour of I-95, in Brunswick, is the a beautiful live oak tree covered rice Plantation and summer home of a wealthy Savannah family. The history is preserved from slavery through post civil war reconstruction and the generations of women who fought to preserve the land and their way of life. Ranger Andy gave a great tour of... More 

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Thank BillGardine
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Definitely worth a visit. Short distance off Highway 95. Great historical location to learn more about the economics of slavery in relation to the rice culture of the South between 1800 - 1915. Five generations of one family lived on this land and interesting to view how property evolved after slavery was abolished by creating a working dairy farm until... More 

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Thank AngelaWandering
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful plantation, beautiful city... great staff and great guide... a historical must see! Lots of bugs!!

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Thank Jovanca2005
Richmond Hill, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

A rice plantation on the altamaha River basin near Darien. There is a small museum, a seventeen minute film, a plantation house with original furniture and other buildings. The house guide, Andy, was very knowledgeable and ladies in the museum were great. They have special events with enactments listed on their site.

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Thank Shere2014
Richmond Hill, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Hofwyf Broadfield Plantation is a great historical site. It demonstrates the positive impacts of Aftriian-Americans on early rice trade of our Nation. It also shows the economic impacts of labor. The highlighted the misperceptions of landowners versus the realities of this labor intensive agricultural industry. The staff was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable of the site. The ingenuity/forethought of the final... More 

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Thank Thomas A
Northeast Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

The grounds are stunning and the tour guide was wonderful. I suggest wearing bug repellant and walking the marsh trail.

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Thank gwinnettpurchasuer
Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful, rich in history. Worth the trip . We set aside an hour and 2 hours quickly went by. Very informative staff. Highly recommend this to anyone.

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Thank Scott F
Merrimac, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

This plantation is so well preserved with all the original furnishings. As the guide said everything is there but the people. The tour guide was interesting and we really enjoyed it. It was a rice plantation and became a dairy farm. All the out buildings are there to look in and there's a museum and gift shop. The trees are... More 

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Thank Theresa L
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Ranger Andy was most informative and accommodating. His knowledge of the inhabitants and their relationships within the community and beyond made the visit even more interesting. Well worth a visit into yesteryear!

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