Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
Historic Site 912-264-7333

 
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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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Historic Site Hours:

Wednesday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Last tour at 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $8.00
- Seniors (62+): $7.00
- Youth (6–17): $5.00
- Under 6: Free
Group rates available with advance notice.

Guided Tours:

A 1.5–2-hour guided tour called "Ghosts & Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation" is available to groups of 10–30 people. Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance. $15/person.
“Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia's most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low County rice fields.”

Facilities:

• Guided House Tour
• Museum & Film
• Gift Shop
• Nature Trail
• Birding Opportunities
• Picnic Area
• Bus Parking

Nearby Attractions:

• Beaches
Brunswick & The Golden Isles of Georgia
Crooked River State Park
• Fort Frederica
Fort King George Historic Site
Sapelo Island Visitor Center
• St. Simons Island


Note: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
Events
New Year's Ghosts & Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 to Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 11 PM to 1 AM
A special New Year's edition of Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation. The tour will start on New Year's Eve and will celebrate the New Year at Midnight by ringing the Historic Plantation Bell and end at 1 am.  $15 per person. 912-264-7333.
Address/Directions
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
5556 U.S. Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Glynn County


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.


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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
5556 U.S. Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA 31525 View Details


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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site