|Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
“Excellent History Experience”
5 of 5 stars Past Review
“Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is an excellent presentation of an old rice plantation. The tour (by Ranger Randy) was extremely interesting and informative. The admiration the ranger felt for the property, furnishing and family were evident. The original furnishings and history of the family made me feel like part of the plantation. The oak trees are a wonder to gaze. The ranger continued after the tour to elaborate on the history and answered all questions. A definite tour for any age.” Becky2095 Oviedo, Florida
The 4th Annual Albert Fendig — Hofwyl Plantation Plein Air Traveling Show is at the McIntosh Art Center in Darien for June and July!
From a very interesting interpretive center to a well-appointed collection of outbuildings available for self-guided exploration, the main house is doubtless the centerpiece of the experience at Hofwyl-Broadfield. Having done this on the heels of two other plantations outside New Orleans, what I realize is how wildly different the tourist experience is from one place to another, and this is fitting because it reflects the wildly different experience of each plantation as it existed over the decades/centuries.
It’s so easy to think that Tara from Gone with the Wind is either 1. something beyond Hollywood fiction or 2. the only way a plantation can be. And it’s just not. Yes, it was filmed on a real plantation, but a movie is just a movie.
What I especially loved about Hofwyl-Broadfield is the state in which the last residents left the house. It is not guesswork or an estimation of how it looked, and it’s not someone’s imagined restoration of a period piece. It’s as though the final residents left it as a museum piece, and that’s just what happened. As such, it may not be as flashy or polished as some of the other plantations I visited recently, but the knowledge of our guide was compendious and thorough. I did not feel he was reading from a script, but rather sharing a personal and passionate interest with us.
It’s a very photogenic place, and there’s a lovely walk through a forest on the edge of the marsh. Mind the insects. The walk is very level and easy for most, though anyone who walks with assistance will want to stick to the main house & grounds. We arrived at three on a Sunday, which did not leave us enough time to explore everything, but that was due to lack of planning (and time available) on our part. We certainly could have spent half a day there, but be advised only the main house and the visitor’s center have AC.
The visitor’s center is tastefully positioned and had a number of interesting exhibits, as well as a good selection of books and relevant gift possibilities, with an appealing absence of chochkes. This lent credibility to the experience.
Anyone looking for docents in period costumes and gimmicks should look elsewhere. Anyone seeking authenticity should look no further. And the price is very sensible.
5 of 5 stars Past Review
“Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site allows you a glance at what life was like living along Coastal Georgia in the 19th-20th Century. This well preserved working rice plantation provides interested visitors with an idea of just how hard a life people used to live producing the goods and resources of this area. The buildings and trails offer panoramic views of the marshland. Be sure to check hours for when the site is open. Georgia State sites are often closed certain days of the week. Bring bug repellent and stay on the trails and out of the ground covering poison ivy the oak hammocks. Other than that, the story of this location tells of the Post-Civil War Era is great!” scrivenerlf Deltona, FL
PLEASE NOTE :Wednesday-Sunday / 9AM-5PM / Last main house tour at 4PM. Gate locked at closing. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.