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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Cool piece of GA History

Went here with my elderly parents and we all enjoyed it. The visit starts at the office/museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Matthew M
Sanford, Maine
via mobile
Beautiful! The history and the live oaks are amazing.

A must see! My family just moved to Brunswick and we made this our first sightseeing excursion. As... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Elise K
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
+1 912-264-7333
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with my elderly parents and we all enjoyed it. The visit starts at the office/museum where there is a small but informative museum about the plantation and rice farming in general in the old days. A short walk through the amazing oak trees...More

Thank Matthew M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must see! My family just moved to Brunswick and we made this our first sightseeing excursion. As a history major, I loved the historic plantation and all the original furniture from the 1800’s. Our guide Andy was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job...More

Thank Elise K
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I am fascinated with history and seek out tours like this. It amazes me how property can be passed down from one generation to the next. The property is beautiful and the house still had the original furniture in it. This place really takes you...More

Thank Karen857
Reviewed 28 August 2017

The tour guide in the house was very informative and I thought it was very special that the house still contained the original articles from over the years.

Thank grasshopper01200
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Great place to visit, good for young and old alike. Well preserved, beautiful property, history. Enjoyed watching the film beforehand, staff was very informative, very pleasant, true Southern hospitality at its best.

Thank Gemin7
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Very easy to get to off interstate. This was a working plantation that was passed down through 5 generations. A must see! Has all the family artifacts, collectables and furniture. One of the few plantation or historic tours where you can enter rooms and touch...More

Thank dianeandedbrooks
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

It's a beautiful old plantation with great history. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. I enjoyed the film and the house. However the guide could have done a better job with description of history and physically he can't hardly maneuver the steps

Thank GrannyKirk21
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Very Interesting. Enjoyed the tour of the house. If you visit in the summer, be sure to take bug spray.

Thank travelers1515
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

A Park Ranger, Andy, was very knowledgeable about the plantation. 28 years he has been the tour guide. He has all basis covered. On the grounds there's a museum and a short film to watch. Built in the 1850s, 5 generations have lived there, and...More

Thank Jan S
Reviewed 27 July 2017

The lady at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. The gentleman who gave the tour of the house was fantastic and had a great presentation with a mix of humor and fact. The out buildings and grounds are a self tour and were...More

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19 October 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
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