Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Historic Site 912-264-7333

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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.


Historic Site Hours:

Wednesday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Last tour at 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $8.00
- Seniors (62+): $7.00
- Youth (6–17): $5.00
- Under 6: Free
Group rates available with advance notice.

Guided Tours:

A 1.5–2-hour guided tour called "Ghosts & Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation" is available to groups of 10–30 people. Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance. $15/person.
"Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low County rice fields."


• Guided House Tour
• Museum & Film
• Gift Shop
• Nature Trail
• Birding Opportunities
• Picnic Area
• Bus Parking

Nearby Attractions:

• Beaches
The Golden Isles
Crooked River State Park
• Fort Frederica
Fort King George Historic Site
Sapelo Island Visitor Center
• St. Simons Island

Note: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Children 10 and younger can bring baskets and join in on our Easter egg hunt. There will be separate hunting areas for age groups, with games and crafts before and after the big search. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance to greet children and pose for photographs.  $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Stargazing at Hofwyl-Broadfield with Hot Cocoa
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 7:15 PM to 9 PM
Telescope and binoculars on hand, or bring your own equipment. We will learn about well-known constellations and celestial events. Heavy cloud cover or rain cancels this event.  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Flags of the Confederacy
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Stop by and learn all about the battle and national flags of the Confederacy. There will be books and images to browse through and you will have the chance to create your own flag.  $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
A Walk Through Time and Live Oaks
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
If trees could talk ... what would have been happening on the plantation around the live-oaks of 100 years and more age - when the trees were just young saplings? You can find out as we meander through the oaks of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation with an AmeriCorps Interpreter. Wear comfortable shoes.  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
Hofwyl-Broadfield's Old Rice Fields
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
What today is seen as marshland was once the highly cultivated basis of a coastal agricultural empire. Learn about how the marshes became some of the most valuable property in Georgia. Learn about the men and women, both slave and free, who transformed the environment and altered the destiny of coastal Georgia.  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
Soak It In
Fitness Trail Hike
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
We will walk along the beautiful live oaks and stop to do nature and animal themed stretches.  $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Heritage Seed Sharing
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Increase your knowledge of seed-swapping programs. Discuss why people are collecting and trading heritage seeds. Find out the difference between heritage and hybrid seeds while making your own heritage seed paper to share and plant.  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
38th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus.  $5 - $10. 912-264-7333.
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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
5556 U.S. Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Glynn County

GPS Coordinates:

N 31.304883 | W -081.460383
Located between Brunswick and Darien on U.S. Highway 17, 1 mile east of I-95 exit #42.

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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
5556 U.S. Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA 31525 View Details

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site