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.

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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.

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."

Facilities:

• 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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Events
Hofwyl-Broadfield's Old Rice Fields
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
Tree Identification Walk - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Hofwyl is known mainly for its live oak trees, but dozens of different species of trees and shrubs can be found on the property. Can you tell the difference between a live oak and laurel oak? How about the difference between a magnolia and a holly? Join us for a guided hike focused on tree identification and learn more about these native species.  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Jun 16, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oaks, 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.  $15. 912-264-7333.
Get Outdoors Georgia
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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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


  31.304883
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site