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"To be an advocate for and to support the historical significance, dignity and tradition of Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation."

Friends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that operates as a chapter of Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Our group is one of the founding Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites!

We are passionate about Hofwyl-Broadfield. 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.

As one of the Colonial Coast Birding Trail sites, Hofwyl-Broadfield offers a nature trail that leads back to the Visitors Center along the edge of the marsh where rice once flourished.

The park is now open 6 days a week: Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Last main house tour at 4PM. Gate locked at closing.
Admission: Adult (18 yrs+) $8.00; Seniors $7.00 and youth (6-18 yrs) $5.00

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation • 5556 US17 • Brunswick, GA 31525 • 912-264-7333 • Email: bill.giles@dnr.ga.gov • Bill Giles - Site Superintendent • promotehofwyl@hofwyl.com