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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
NOTICE: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site is open Wednesday-Sunday.

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

Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 31.304883 | W -081.460383

Located between Brunswick and Darien on U.S. Hwy. 17, 1 mile east of I-95 exit #42.

Address
5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N.
Brunswick, GA 31525
Glynn County
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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N.
Brunswick, GA 31525 View Details


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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site

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Phone
912-264-7333

33rd Annual Plantation Christmas
6 PM - 9 PM from Dec 5, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Civil War History EventPresenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s...  $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible First Day Hike
Friday, Jan 2, 2015 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Come alone, with a friend or as a family to a compass-orienteering event where participants learn how to use a compass in finding hidden or cached written historical information about this old antebellum plantation at different locations along 5 compass courses located on the beautiful, expansive fr...  $4.50 - $7.50 912-264-7333.
Contacts
faye cowart

Sandra Lynn Harris
912-264-7333  Clerk, Hofwyl Plantation SHS

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