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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Worth a visit

We enjoyed visiting the plantation. The fact that the house is still fully furnished with the... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2017
Madison, Wisconsin
via mobile
A Step Back In Time

While camping at Blythe Island Regional Park, we took the 15 mile ride over to this Plantation... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2017
Orlando, Florida
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed visiting the plantation. The fact that the house is still fully furnished with the family furniture and belongings made it feel like stepping into a home and not at all like a museum. Faye, the ranger working in the gift shop/ticket office the...More

Thank sqrlgirl
Reviewed 6 June 2017

While camping at Blythe Island Regional Park, we took the 15 mile ride over to this Plantation. Glad we did. The grounds are beautiful and there's a lot of interesting history involved. The house has been immaculately preserved and it's like the last remaining descendant...More

Thank NF2013_13
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We really hadn't planned this visit at all but found ourselves on the state highway adjacent to the Interstate and saw the signs for a state park. Reasonably priced admission and a little needed exercise walking the grounds. Included with admission was a tour of...More

Thank Randy S
Reviewed 24 May 2017

This was an experience which really opened our eyes to the hardships of slavery and what the slaves endured. The house tour itself was very interesting and loved seeing the house exactly as it was left when the last survivor passed away. It was a...More

Thank Theschmids
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Wife and I visited on May 18 in the afternoon. Took the house tour and very surprised to see the Park Ranger walking on the 200 year old rugs and leaning against 200 year old furniture. We cringed every time he walked around the furniture...More

Thank Mr_Sanderson2015
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Ranger Andy, a fellow Hoosier from Wabash, did a great job showing our family the plantation home. He was very knowledgeable and extremely entertaining. He kept our kids engaged in the tour the entire time. We highly recommend him and the tour.

Thank Jason K
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

essentially its an old rice plantation with a house. its 7 dollars entrance and for the money its good value. faye was the ranger we spoke to who was absolutely lovely and shared so much information. there isnt too much like this in the area...More

1  Thank Saint J
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Terrific tour of a rice plantation and home. Not a mansion but what was once a working plantation that stayed in one family for over one hundred years.

1  Thank Laurie B
Reviewed 3 May 2017

The story of the plantation follows the history of the country through social changes, technological changes, etc. The house tour guide was particularly knowledgeable and interesting and because so much of the house contents are original, you get an excellent feel for what life was...More

1  Thank steven012015
Reviewed 2 May 2017

The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is a very worthwhile stop if traveling on U.S 17 between Brunswick and Darien, Georgia vice Interstate 95. There is much history here which is well explained by the guide at the plantation house itself. There is a nice visitor's center with...More

Thank Budrock9
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Cooper M
26 March 2017|
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Response from Bill G | Property representative |
Call our office at 912-264-7333, Tuesday through Saturday for more information.
12 April 2016|
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Response from daniel f | Reviewed this property |
The previous answers are correct. The visitor center and main floor of the house is wheel chair assessable. It is several hundred yards from one to the other with no real side walk. The ground is firm and one should be... More
Joseph C
12 March 2016|
Response from Bill G | Property representative |
Exit 42 off of I-95. Travel east for 1 one. Turn right onto US Highway 17, go about 1/4 of a mile and turn left into our entrance.