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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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A very good tour of the house with lots of history. The grounds are beautiful. Well worth a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
If you like history, you need to stop here.

The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation will take you back to the 1700's; going during Halloween or... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brunswick, Georgia
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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.
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5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Reviewed yesterday

A very good tour of the house with lots of history. The grounds are beautiful. Well worth a visit. We enjoyed the guide who has been there for quite some time and is very knowledgeable. The welcome center also has many interesting things.

Thank 285jessed
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation will take you back to the 1700's; going during Halloween or Christmas, when there are special events going on make it even more special.

Thank mpitch
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

On my way from Jacksonville to Charleston I came across this plantation which was surprisingly beautiful. A very friendly woman at the reception informed me about the plantation and the available walking routes, and recommended not to pass through the swamp area with the many...More

Thank Lloyd T
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the real deal, a perfectly preserved house from what was once a working rice plantation and then a dairy farm. The house, with its original furniture, is beautiful, but Ranger Andy won't give you the Gone with the Wind view of its history....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On our way to Savannah, we saw this plantation site. It was very interesting to see how this home changed with the times. Fascinating to know that the ladies of this grand family could run this large farm on their own. The family history was...More

Thank 1234granny
Reviewed 1 week ago

You begin at the visitor center where there is a small museum. Then walk down the path to the house where you get a guided tour. It's last owner, Ophelia Dent has preserved the house and the 18/19th century furniture and family heirlooms left to...More

Thank letusescape56
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a big surprise! They sweet lady at the plantation visitor center was a wealth of information. Wish we'd had time for the movie they show, but maybe next time. Ranger Andy gave the tour of the house. He gave us so much wonderful...More

Thank GiGi-in-GA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed visiting the plantation. The fact that the house is still fully furnished with the family furniture and belongings made it feel like stepping into a home and not at all like a museum. Faye, the ranger working in the gift shop/ticket office the...More

Thank sqrlgirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While camping at Blythe Island Regional Park, we took the 15 mile ride over to this Plantation. Glad we did. The grounds are beautiful and there's a lot of interesting history involved. The house has been immaculately preserved and it's like the last remaining descendant...More

Thank NF2013_13
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We really hadn't planned this visit at all but found ourselves on the state highway adjacent to the Interstate and saw the signs for a state park. Reasonably priced admission and a little needed exercise walking the grounds. Included with admission was a tour of...More

Thank Randy S
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Cooper M
Would this be a good place for a large group to take pictures? Looks like it has a lot of pretty scenery
26 March 2017|
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Response from Bill G | Property representative |
Call our office at 912-264-7333, Tuesday through Saturday for more information.
Is it wheelchair accessible?
12 April 2016|
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Response from daniel f | Reviewed this property |
The previous answers are correct. The visitor center and main floor of the house is wheel chair assessable. It is several hundred yards from one to the other with no real side walk. The ground is firm and one should be... More
Joseph C
How do I find it?
12 March 2016|
Response from Bill G | Property representative |
Exit 42 off of I-95. Travel east for 1 one. Turn right onto US Highway 17, go about 1/4 of a mile and turn left into our entrance.