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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Beautiful step back into time

Lovely welcoming park staff. Beautiful grounds. Wonderful place for a walk. If you don't want to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Orlando, Florida
great tour over expectation

You may never imagine this place with a big aging oak forest, and large plantation with such an old... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 1 week ago

Lovely welcoming park staff. Beautiful grounds. Wonderful place for a walk. If you don't want to visit the house, it is a beautiful spot to stop anyway for a picnic. Walking the woods around the house, you don't see the house, so you can just...More

Thank mygamemyrules
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You may never imagine this place with a big aging oak forest, and large plantation with such an old history. Surrounded by the modern cities, over thousands acres of land are well protected. Those black labors' work place has become the marsh that contribute to...More

Thank weionly1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This plantation stemmed from 5 generations of a southern family where rice was originally produded and then dairy farming. Great plantation to visit. Original house burned down, but the home built in the late 1800's, early 1900's is still standing and furbished with the origininal...More

Thank CruiseTraveler_9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My only experience with this Plantation is at Christmas. They do a candlelight tour every year. It is beautiful. They also usually have reenactors there as well. They have Santa and snacks as well. It is a don't miss occasion for my family. It is...More

1  Thank gmaj_05
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This place has a museum with a great video and the plantation house and out-buildings. The house tour is excellent and it has all original furnishings that are original to the last owner of the home. The live oaks are breathtaking dating back several hundred...More

Thank Janet S
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Went here with my elderly parents and we all enjoyed it. The visit starts at the office/museum where there is a small but informative museum about the plantation and rice farming in general in the old days. A short walk through the amazing oak trees...More

Thank Matthew M
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

A must see! My family just moved to Brunswick and we made this our first sightseeing excursion. As a history major, I loved the historic plantation and all the original furniture from the 1800’s. Our guide Andy was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job...More

Thank Elise K
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I am fascinated with history and seek out tours like this. It amazes me how property can be passed down from one generation to the next. The property is beautiful and the house still had the original furniture in it. This place really takes you...More

Thank Karen857
Reviewed 27 August 2017

The tour guide in the house was very informative and I thought it was very special that the house still contained the original articles from over the years.

Thank grasshopper01200
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Great place to visit, good for young and old alike. Well preserved, beautiful property, history. Enjoyed watching the film beforehand, staff was very informative, very pleasant, true Southern hospitality at its best.

Thank Gemin7
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26 November 2017|
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Response from GrannyKirk21 | Reviewed this property |
The house has stairs but anywhere else you should be fine. Great program and staff who will be accommodating
19 October 2017|
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Response from 285jessed | Reviewed this property |
You would only be allowed to stop and picnic by paying the entrance fee. I did go one day to just have a walk in the park area, only to be told I would have to pay entrance! Good luck! Or try Mary Ross Park near downtown... More
Cooper M
25 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.