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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.
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
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• Crooked River State Park
• Fort Frederica
• Fort King George Historic Site
• Sapelo Island Visitor Center
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