Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site

 
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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.

Directions

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.


Address
5556 U.S. Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Glynn County
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Phone
912-264-7333

Sixth Annual Albert Fendig - Hofwyl Plein Air Affair
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Bring your plein air gear for fun and camaraderie with lots to paint in this historic setting. No prizes, no judging, just good camaraderie and big fun...  $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible
9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Children 10 and younger can bring baskets and join in on our Easter egg hunt. There will be separate hunting areas for age groups, with games and crafts before and after the big search. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance to greet children and pose for photographs.  $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Stargazing at Hofwyl-Broadfield with Hot Cocoa Family
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 7:15 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Telescope and binoculars on hand, or bring your own equipment. We will learn about well-known constellations and celestial events. Heavy cloud cover or rain cancels this event.  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Flags of the Confederacy
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Stop by and learn all about the battle and national flags of the Confederacy. There will be books and images to browse through and you will have the chance to create your own flag.  $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
AmeriCorps
A Walk Through Time and Live Oaks Family
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
If trees could talk ... what would have been happening on the plantation around the live-oaks of 100 years and more age - when the trees were just young saplings? You can find out as we meander through the oaks of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation with an AmeriCorps Interpreter. Wear comfortable shoes.  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
AmeriCorps
Hofwyl-Broadfield's Old Rice Fields
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, May 27, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
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...  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
Soak It In
Fitness Trail Hike
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
We will walk along the beautiful live oaks and stop to do nature and animal themed stretches.  $5-$8. 912-264-7333.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAmeriCorps
Heritage Seed Sharing Family
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Increase your knowledge of seed-swapping programs. Discuss why people are collecting and trading heritage seeds. Find out the difference between heritage and hybrid seeds while making your own heritage seed paper to share and plant.  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
AmeriCorps
38th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
Friday, Dec 1, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 6 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
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...  $5 - $10. 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible
Contacts
faye cowart

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