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.


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.

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



General James Oglethorpe Program & Book signing
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Come out to Hofwyl and get a chance to learn more about Georgia’s founding through the eyes of veteran historian Scott Hodges as he portrays General James Oglethorpe...  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Oct 13, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Oct 20, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation...  $15. 912-264-7333.
Ophelia's Classic Car Challenge
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Classic cars from all over southeast Georgia will be on display vying for the championship in Hofwyl-Broadfield’s annual car show. Come and view the cars, vote for your favorite and then tour a historic rice plantation. Presented by Friends of Hofwyl and Classic Coastal Cruisers automobile club.  $5 - $8. 912-264-7333.
Handicapped Accessible
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
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Sandra Lynn Harris
912-264-7333  Clerk, Hofwyl Plantation SHS