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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Wonderful surprise to find and visit

I stumbled upon this place and really enjoyed it. The tour of the house was interesting and the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
MItravelerforbus
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Michigan
Christmas Tour

We really enjoyed the Plantation for our first time, it was decorated beautifully! We also enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
dsweller55
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Brunswick, Georgia
via mobile
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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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5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
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Reviewed yesterday

I stumbled upon this place and really enjoyed it. The tour of the house was interesting and the entire estate is easy to wander across. Don't miss this place if you are in the area.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the Plantation for our first time, it was decorated beautifully! We also enjoyed the reenactment with the cannons and soldiers. This is a great tour!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family (including senior parents and teenagers) enjoyed the tour of the plantation and the museum. The grounds were just beautiful and the entire place has been well kept. One can clearly see Miss Ophelia’s love for antiques and her desire for preserving the heritage...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Asked them if it was possible to see the slave quarters. Was told there was no such thing - they were 'servants' quarters. Are they trying to rewrite history here? The description of the plantation on the website does not even mention slavery!! "While many...More

3  Thank harrykarry101
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Bill G, Manager at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am sorry to hear that your visit didn’t meet your expectations. However, I would like to assure you that we take very seriously our obligation to tell all facets of the historical story that occurred here. Most of our museum details the contributions of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not being from this area, I was not aware that Georgia had rice plantations. So, it was very interesting to learn about the history of the plantation and the house.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We weren’t even looking for the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation — we were trying to find another plantation and couldn’t find it, but noticed this on the map — but we were soooo happy we did find it. The grounds are charming, with live oaks, picnic tables,...More

1  Thank Wendy D
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

We had an unexpected amazing tour today of Ophelia Dent's home she donated to Georgia named Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. We started in the visitor's center and actually followed directions given by a wonderful lady hosting the front counter. She recommended we start with a short well...More

5  Thank Doug T
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

A farmhouse type plantation that grew rice pre Civil War with over 300 slaves. The owners had the "big" house in Savannah and this was for winter months. Gave you a real view of life. the furniture is all original (from afar the Civil War...More

Thank lakesancutuary
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

The state has taken good care of this property. The tour guide was informative and there is a small museum at the visitor center. Lovely grounds.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

The short movie was a great prerequisite to the tour of the house......what is amazing is everything in the house was exactly as they left it. Nothing was moved and it looked as if someone was still living there. The other amazing thing is they...More

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Tom20101222
28 May 2018|
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Response from Tajm10 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is. The house might not be but the rest of the building are
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pianomary88
29 April 2018|
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Response from Tajm10 | Reviewed this property |
They close on mondays
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kayliepark2
12 December 2017|
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Response from Bill G | Property representative |
Prior to the Civil War in the 1850's, though we cannot give an exact date.
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