Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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


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.

5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N.
Brunswick, GA 31525
Glynn County



Ophelia Dent’s 129th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Join us for a day-long celebration of the late Ophelia Dent’s 129th birthday. Come see a shotgun used by Ms. Dent and learn about the sharpshooter she was. Guests will also learn about Ms. Dent’s passion for golf and tennis and will have the opportunity to hit golf balls on their own.  $5-8. 912-264-7333.
34th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
6 PM - 9 PM from Dec 4, 2015 until Dec 5, 2015 
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...  $10.00 Adult and Seniors $5.00 Youth (6 - 17) 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible
Christmas After Hours
5 PM - 7:30 PM from Dec 18, 2015 until Dec 20, 2015 
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Enjoy special extended hours at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site. Come and walk the lighted path to the 1850's era plantation. Take a guided tour through the home which has been specially decorated for Christmas by members of the Glynn County Garden Club Council...  $5.00 Youth (6 - 17) $7.00 Senior (62 and over) $8.00 Adult 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible
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Sandra Lynn Harris
912-264-7333  Clerk, Hofwyl Plantation SHS

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