Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

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

Hofwyl-Broadfield History Walk - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Explore over 200 years of history with a two mile walk through Hofwyl-Broadfield's past. Walk will feature ruins of original plantation house, rice fields, area of old slave settlement, plantation road, old spring and gardens...  $8 for adults. $7 for Seniors (62 and over). $5.00 for youth (6 - 17) 912-264-7333.
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Jun 24, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Take an eerie journey back in time at this former rice plantation. As we stroll through moss-laden Live Oaks, hear the stories of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here...  $15. 912-264-7333.
First Day of Summer Hike: Marsh View Trail
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 11 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Celebrate the first day of summer by getting outdoors at Hofwyl Plantation. This ranger-led hike of the Marsh View Nature Trail will be approximately one mile and take about 30 - 45 minutes. The hike will follow the edge of the marsh where rice once flourished...  $8 for adults $7 for seniors (62 and over) $5 for youth (6 - 17). 912-264-7333.
First Day of Summer Hike: Broadfield Loop
Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
This ranger led hike of the Broadfield Loop will be approximately 2.5 miles and take about an hour to an hour and a half. Guest will see oaks, pines, bays and maples on this hike. Comfortable shoes and insect repellent recommended.  $8 Adults $7 Seniors (62 and over) $5 Youth (6 to 17). 912-223-7900.
Contacts
faye cowart

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

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