State Park-Day 4
Today, we feature a historically-minded park on the Georgia coast, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site. Hofwyl-Broadfield was built as an Antebellum rice plantation in the early 1800s and served that purpose until 1913. After the Civil War, rice farming was no longer lucrative, so it was surprising that the family was able to grow rice for so long. Finally, the family had to establish a new way to sustain themselves, or they would have to sell the farm. The family decided to start a dairy and, by doing so, were able to keep their farm, live off of the income from the dairy production, and only left the farm when the family willed the plantation to the state of Georgia in 1973. Today, visitors can see what an Antebellum home and a working dairy looked like.
Visitors should stop by the visitor center first, where they can view a film about the history of the farm. The film is quite informative and sets the stage for your visit nicely. Upon leaving the visitor center, guests can walk out into the farm and wander around the many different buildings that made up the dairy farm. Although the plantation hasn’t grown rice for over one hundred years, visitors can still look out over the swamps that made up part of the rice fields. Finally, visitors can tour the main house of the plantation, where much of the original furniture still resides. Because the family willed the planation to the state, the house is furnished as it was, so visitors can really get a feel for what it would have been like to live in the house.
Hofwyl-Broadfield was a great addition to our trip along the Georgia coast. It added, so to speak, another element of the history of the Georgia coast that we were able to piece together from the many different sites we visited. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation was an interesting site, and we highly recommend paying a visit.