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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
+1 912-264-7333
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Wonderful Surprise! Found a Gem!

We weren’t even looking for the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation — we were trying to find another... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wendy D
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Ranger Andy's (Gypsy Joe's) AMAZING TOUR!

We had an unexpected amazing tour today of Ophelia Dent's home she donated to Georgia named... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Doug T
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
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+1 912-264-7333
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We weren’t even looking for the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation — we were trying to find another plantation and couldn’t find it, but noticed this on the map — but we were soooo happy we did find it. The grounds are charming, with live oaks, picnic tables,...More

1  Thank Wendy D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an unexpected amazing tour today of Ophelia Dent's home she donated to Georgia named Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. We started in the visitor's center and actually followed directions given by a wonderful lady hosting the front counter. She recommended we start with a short well...More

4  Thank Doug T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A farmhouse type plantation that grew rice pre Civil War with over 300 slaves. The owners had the "big" house in Savannah and this was for winter months. Gave you a real view of life. the furniture is all original (from afar the Civil War...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

The state has taken good care of this property. The tour guide was informative and there is a small museum at the visitor center. Lovely grounds.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

The short movie was a great prerequisite to the tour of the house......what is amazing is everything in the house was exactly as they left it. Nothing was moved and it looked as if someone was still living there. The other amazing thing is they...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This was a great history tour. We enjoyed the beautiful property and our guide was very informative.

Thank Jennifer A
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

I've lived close this local treasure and have only recently been. What was I thinking? If you like history, you will love this place!

Thank Candace C
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

We were hoping for an enjoyable and informative experience, but our visit and tour surpassed our expectations. Our volunteer guide, Sissy, was so pleasant and professional - she dealt with a large group with such grace and kindness....very knowledgeable. It is a a beautiful property,...More

Thank SLDonovan
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is an interesting spot for a day visit with the family. The museum's exhibits don't change much and aren't of much interest after your first visit, but they are informative for the first-time visitor and give a thorough picture of the area's history....More

Thank Jenny O
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

My partner wanted to go here and I’m very glad we did. I had no idea that Georgia had rice plantations but H-B Plantation was a pioneer in the science. The main house is the same as it has been for over 150 years and...More

2  Thank Paul S
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pianomary88
29 April 2018|
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Response from Tajm10 | Reviewed this property |
They close on mondays
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kayliepark2
11 December 2017|
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Response from Bill G | Property representative |
Prior to the Civil War in the 1850's, though we cannot give an exact date.
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spazen34
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
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