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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Interesting but not my favorite Plantation

Maybe I'm spoiled by the amazing plantations I seen in Natchez Mississippi. This plantation was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kathy F
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Athens, Georgia
Beautiful Plantation

We enjoyed most of our visit to this beautiful plantation. Faye in the gift shop was extremely... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Pamela R
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Augusta, Georgia
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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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+1 912-264-7333
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Maybe I'm spoiled by the amazing plantations I seen in Natchez Mississippi. This plantation was full of history a few ghosts in the house and it's located under several beautiful Live Oak trees. The home furnishings were pretty but far from extravagant such as the...More

Thank Kathy F
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed most of our visit to this beautiful plantation. Faye in the gift shop was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She was enthusiastic about the home and family that owned it. Our tour of the home was a bit of a let down. The gentleman...More

Thank Pamela R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting family story and house- good film and displays in visitor center- some lovely photo ops of large trees with Spanish Moss

Thank Betty Karol W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a fascinating look at coastal plantation life in the 1800's. The house tour was very well done with a knowledgeable tour guide. All the furnishings were original to the families that lived there. The grounds were absolutely beautiful with live oaks that were...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This visit is like going back in history! I enjoyed seeing how families lived years ago. Their home and their farming methods.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This plantation was exquisite in its history, friendly staff, and it’s beauty! Our family of four (including two girls age 9 and 7) loved this place. The movie was short enough to keep everyone’s interest and long enough to fill us in on what we...More

Thank Blaire B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 9 June 2018 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 3 June 2018

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

5  Thank harrykarry101
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Bill G, Manager at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

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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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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