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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Historic tour

The state has taken good care of this property. The tour guide was informative and there is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
roseytheriveter
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Richmond, VA
Amazing

The short movie was a great prerequisite to the tour of the house......what is amazing is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Winnebago2010
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Boca Raton, 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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5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank roseytheriveter
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great history tour. We enjoyed the beautiful property and our guide was very informative.

Thank Jennifer A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've lived close this local treasure and have only recently been. What was I thinking? If you like history, you will love this place!

Thank Candace C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were hoping for an enjoyable and informative experience, but our visit and tour surpassed our expectations. Our volunteer guide, Sissy, was so pleasant and professional - she dealt with a large group with such grace and kindness....very knowledgeable. It is a a beautiful property,...More

Thank SLDonovan
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is an interesting spot for a day visit with the family. The museum's exhibits don't change much and aren't of much interest after your first visit, but they are informative for the first-time visitor and give a thorough picture of the area's history....More

Thank Jenny O
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Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

My partner wanted to go here and I’m very glad we did. I had no idea that Georgia had rice plantations but H-B Plantation was a pioneer in the science. The main house is the same as it has been for over 150 years and...More

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Reviewed March 11, 2018

Living less than an hour away from Hofwyl-Broadfield for some reason I've never managed to make the trip down to explore, and I am sorry for that. This site is deserving of the high accolades it's received for both natural beauty and history. The visitor...More

Thank YcnanGA
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Reviewed March 8, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful grounds! The house is not the mansion like Tara but it was a working plantation and this was one of their four houses. It has all of the original furniture. Some pieces are from the 1700s. The trees will take your breath away. Some...More

Thank 372jrob
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

This is a great place to visit. It has plenty of parking, is easy to find and very well maintained and priced. The Welcome Center has a short ~15 Min) video that explains the history of the location. It also has a small gift store...More

Thank Ward D
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kayliepark2
December 12, 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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spazen34
November 26, 2017|
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Response from GrannyKirk21 | Reviewed this property |
The house has stairs but anywhere else you should be fine. Great program and staff who will be accommodating
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mcdrescher
October 20, 2017|
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Response from 285jessed | Reviewed this property |
You would only be allowed to stop and picnic by paying the entrance fee. I did go one day to just have a walk in the park area, only to be told I would have to pay entrance! Good luck! Or try Mary Ross Park near downtown... More
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