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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.

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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.

Facilities:

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

Nearby Attractions:

• Beaches
Brunswick & The Golden Isles of Georgia
Crooked River State Park (camping/cottages)
• Fort Frederica
Fort King George State Historic Site
Sapelo Island Visitor Center
• St. Simons Island

Recreation in nearby Florida State Parks:
Amelia Island State Park
Anastasia State Park
Big Talbot Island State Park
Fort Clinch State Park
Little Talbot Island Island State Park

Historic Forts in nearby Florida State Parks:
Castillo De San Marcos National Monument
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Fort Mose Historic State Park
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site Business Plan

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Note: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Events
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Friday, Apr 29, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Take an eerie journey back in time at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. As we stroll through moss laden Live Oak trees hear the stories of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here. There will be tales of recent ghost sightings, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields.  $15. 912-264-7333.
Oaks of Hofwyl -- Arbor Day Hike
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 11 AM to 12 PM
This short hike leads you from the visitor's center to Ophelia's Oak and then concludes at the front porch of the plantation house. Comfortable shoes and bug spray are recommended.  $8.00 Adults $7.00 Seniors (62 and above) $5.00 Youth (6 to 17) 912-264-7333.
State Champion Trees of Hofwyl
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Join us for and Arbor Day themed naturalist hike showcasing our State Champion trees. The hike is approximately a mile long. Comfortable shoes and bug spray are recommended.  $8 for adults $7 for seniors (62 and above) $5 for youth (6 - 17). 912-223-7900.
Hofwyl-Broadfield History Walk - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Explore over 200 years of history with a two mile walk through Hofwyl-Broadfield's past. Walk will feature ruins of original plantation house, rice fields, area of old slave settlement, plantation road, old spring and gardens. Attendees will also be able to take part in regularly scheduled guided tours of the plantation house.  $8 for adults. $7 for Seniors (62 and over). $5.00 for youth (6 - 17) 912-264-7333.
First Day of Summer Hike: Marsh View Trail
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 11 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate the first day of summer by getting outdoors at Hofwyl Plantation. This ranger-led hike of the Marsh View Nature Trail will be approximately one mile and take about 30 - 45 minutes. The hike will follow the edge of the marsh where rice once flourished. Comfortable shoes and insect repellent recommended.  $8 for adults $7 for seniors (62 and over) $5 for youth (6 - 17). 912-264-7333.
First Day of Summer Hike: Broadfield Loop
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
This ranger led hike of the Broadfield Loop will be approximately 2.5 miles and take about an hour to an hour and a half. Guest will see oaks, pines, bays and maples on this hike. Comfortable shoes and insect repellent recommended.  $8 Adults $7 Seniors (62 and over) $5 Youth (6 to 17). 912-223-7900.
Address/Directions
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


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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site


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