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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Most interesting of many old plantations visited

Have toured many old plantations and found this one most interesting. The tour guide was very... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2016
Fred M
,
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
A very genuine experience.

From a very interesting interpretive center to a well-appointed collection of outbuildings... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2016
echoriath
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

Have toured many old plantations and found this one most interesting. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer many questions from the guests. This plantation was like visiting something that had never changed from the 30s and 40s. Thoroughly enjoyed our...More

Thank Fred M
Reviewed 20 June 2016

From a very interesting interpretive center to a well-appointed collection of outbuildings available for self-guided exploration, the main house is doubtless the centerpiece of the experience at Hofwyl-Broadfield. Having done this on the heels of two other plantations outside New Orleans, what I realize is...More

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Reviewed 18 June 2016

Went to the plantation on our way to Darien as a day trip while we were visiting St. Simons Island for a week. It is very interesting and the views and scenery are beautiful.

Thank PeachBelle8288
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

This plantation was exactly as expected! There is Beautiful scenery in every direction. The Main house is an interesting tour. They have an 800 year old oak tree. Bring plenty of bug spray!

Thank Chris J
Reviewed 12 June 2016

The grounds of the plantation were absolutely beautiful. It took me about two and a half hours to view the site. I would recommend starting out with the video they play in the visitor center, it is very informative. The story behind the plantation is...More

Thank Casey W
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Ranger Andy rocked the plantation house tour! We have been to 40 GA state parks and he was the best tour guide yet. He even engaged the little kids that didnt want to be there. He knew the home and history inside out, and the...More

1  Thank L W
Reviewed 6 June 2016

This is a nice destination away from the crowds--at least it was the day I visited. There were maybe a half dozen other visitors at the time. The information provided in the movie at the welcome center was very helpful in understanding what this site...More

Thank waterbaby12016
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Ranger Andy showed us a side of plantation life we hadn't experienced before on other tours. You can tell he's got the perfect personality to show you a window of history, and he took the time to make us feel special. He had personal stories...More

Thank Marion S
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Very reasonable admission price. Interesting introductory film before a personal tour of the house conducted by Ranger Andy. An entertaining and knowledgeable guide and very approachable.

Thank Tony Penny F
Reviewed 31 May 2016

We arrived at our hotel in Brunswick, GA at 2:00 pm on May 29th, and decided to visit this plantation, which had a one hour tour starting at 4 pm. It was the first stop of our summer, 2016 cross country trip - on the...More

Thank JudyLitchfield
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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.
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wwhelchel
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
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Joseph C
12 March 2016|
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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.
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