NOTICE: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site is open Thursday-Saturday.
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.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site Business Plan
Hours: Thursday-Saturday / 9AM-5PM / Last main house tour at 4PM. Gate locked at closing.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Historic Site Admission:
- $7.00 Adults
- $6.50 Seniors (62+)
- $4.00 Youth (6-17)
- $1.00 Child (under 6)
Group rates available with advance notice.
Note: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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General James Longstreet and the Dent Family|
Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 1 PM
|General Longstreet who General Lee called his “old war horse” had many straight family connections one being the Dent family who were masters of the Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation, and U.S. Grant’s wife Julia Dent. You will be delighted to hear the story of this famous Confederate General’s life prior to and after the Civil War. $9 adults; $8.50 seniors; $6 youth 912-264-7333.|
Civil War Medicine|
Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 1 PM
|Lurking in the shadows behind the pomp and glory, beneath all the patriotic fervor, and thrill of battle, and even the serene camaraderie of the campfire, awaited enemies more dread and sinister than all the bullets on the continent. During this period three men died of disease compared to one who died on the battlefield. $9 adults; $8.50 seniors; $6 youth 912-264-7333.|
Faces of War: Civil War Photography|
Friday, Mar 21, 2014 1 PM
|The American Civil War was the first war where photography was extensively used. Even though this new technology was still in its infancy, it left us with a history of the men who fought this war. This presentation will include various types of pictures and charcoal drawings for your examination. $9 adults; $8.50 seniors; $6 youth 912-264-7333.|
Weapons and Equipment of the Civil War|
Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 1 PM
|There will be a display of these items used by the soldiers of the North and South. You will actually get to hold and touch Swords, Pistols, Rifles, Cannon Balls, and Personal items used during the War. $9 adults; $8.50 seniors; $6 youth 912-264-7333.|