Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
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Around 1807, William Brailsford of Charleston began carving a rice plantation from the virgin cypress swamps along the Altamaha River. His son-in-law, James M. Troup, acquired additional land along the river. By the time Troup passed away, he owned 7,300 acres of land, 357 slaves, and several homes.

Until the outbreak of the Civil War, the plantation produced rice steadily. War, hurricanes, and lack of abundant labor led to the fall of the rice empire in 1915. Brailsford's descendants converted the plantation into a dairy that distributed high-quality milk in Glynn County. Due to a combination of reasons, the dairy closed in 1942. In 1973, the plantation was willed to the state of Georgia by Ophelia Troup Dent.    http://www.gastateparks.org/info/hofwyl/

Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation History

   Plantation House


Farm Buildings

           Saturday July 25 is genealogy day at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site. At 1 p.m. genealogists from The Southern Genealogist's Exchange in Jacksonville will present a how to program on researching your family ancestry. Where to begin what goals to set how to organize where to find information are all questions that will be answered. Sample forms will be available for those in attendance. Directly afterwards Hofwyl staff will delve into the many connections of the Brailsford-Troup-Dent family. Naval officers generals statesmen merchants the inspiration for a main character in a Sir Walter Scott novel are just a few of the things that we'll find. Family history was something of deep interest to all of those who lived at Hofwyl said Site Manager Bill Giles. There are charts and letters exploring each line of Hofwyl ancestry. Some of these rare artifacts will be on display in the museum for the very first time. The program will be held at the plantation Visitor Center. Admission is $5 seniors $4.50 youth $2.50. Guided tours of Hofwyl House constructed in the 1850 s will be held hourly from 10AM until 4PM. The film The People of Hofwyl Broadfield will be shown regularly in the Visitor Center. Gates close at 5PM. Hofwyl-Broadfield is located on US Highway 17 approximately 12 miles north of Brunswick at the intersection with GA Highway 99