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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

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Address: 5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
Phone Number:
+1 912-264-7333
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s...

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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We were driving by, saw the sign and pulled in--good choice. The volunteer at the reception center was terrific!! The only reason for 4--not 5--is the paid tour guide. He was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were driving by, saw the sign and pulled in--good choice. The volunteer at the reception center was terrific!! The only reason for 4--not 5--is the paid tour guide. He was dull and told unrelated stories and gave opinions that were not relevant ( for example--complaining about technology).

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the stop. We stopped here not knowing what to expect. Pleasantly surprised with the property maybe not so much the tour. The visitor/ticket area is where you see the 15 minute film before walking up a lane to the area the house and buildings are. I highly recommend seeing the film first as this is where you get the... More 

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Brunswick, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I came here and did the tour,it was very interesting and very Educational. The land is so beautiful and the Plantation,the tour inside the plantation was also beautiful we will go back.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our tour guide Randy was very informative and loved what he did. The place was incredible. Most of everything was left in original condition and in good shape. I liked the fact that there were no barriers preventing you from touching the old equipment in the out buildings. A great way to experience the history.... More 

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Rochester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to learn southern history. An actual former plantation without the mansion. Knowledgeable docents and expansive grounds.

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Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth going out of your way to visit. Make sure you check the hours of operation and main house tour times to make the most of your trip. Modest admission fee; look for days when state park and museum admission is free. Be sure to see the 17 minute video before touring the grounds and the main house. This will... More 

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Ridge Manor, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful day spent there. Nice tour of house and then we explored the grounds. Step back in time. Brought a sandwich and had a picnic at the tables provided. Fun day!

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Brooklet, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The first time I came here I brought my father, who was an architect fascinated by early Southern communities...and he was delighted and enthralled by all that he saw..... My children found much of the plantation fascinating as well, and really enjoyed seeing the many exhibits and talking with the numerous volunteers present throughout the grounds... Bottom line, it's living... More 

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Thank rwasr1953
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The grounds were beautiful with many live oak trees with hanging spanish moss.Tour guide was very informative offering lot of detail regarding the owners and pointing out photographs on the walls. Faye who worked in the museum also provided a lot of additional information while we shopped. They have a small collection of very interesting books about slavery, personal histories... More 

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Ashland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This plantation is an easy drive right off of interstate 95.The home, out-buildings and grounds are well kept. It's a great place to stop and stretch your legs on the many acres and trails. The tour guide of guide for the main house is very knowledgeable. Pack a lunch and enjoy the peace and quietness of this plantation.

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