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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Great for history buffs

It's a beautiful old plantation with great history. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. I... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
Atlanta, Georgia
via mobile

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

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Ellaville, 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
+1 912-264-7333
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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

1  Thank Scott and Sue A... L
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We visited on the 5th of July during the evening tour. It was a huge crowd and the tour guides were wonderful. We learned a lot about the area. The area is beautiful. We didn't see any ghosts but it was still well worth the...More

1  Thank jeaniegirl123
Reviewed 4 July 2017

A trip home from Florida led us to this gem of history. The video introduction to the plantation is one of the best and most informative we have seen at any historic site and well worth the 17 minutes. The site includes many out buildings...More

1  Thank ssga2017
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Let the huge Live Oak trees ladened with Spanish Moss guide you down to the old plantation home of the Dent family. Five generations of the Dent family lived in the home until the last member family died in 1973. The Tour Guide of the...More

2  Thank cynthia b
Reviewed 28 June 2017

A very good tour of the house with lots of history. The grounds are beautiful. Well worth a visit. We enjoyed the guide who has been there for quite some time and is very knowledgeable. The welcome center also has many interesting things.

Thank 285jessed
Reviewed 28 June 2017

The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation will take you back to the 1700's; going during Halloween or Christmas, when there are special events going on make it even more special.

Thank mpitch
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

On my way from Jacksonville to Charleston I came across this plantation which was surprisingly beautiful. A very friendly woman at the reception informed me about the plantation and the available walking routes, and recommended not to pass through the swamp area with the many...More

Thank Lloyd T
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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.
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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