“a 19th century plantation”
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.
Came here on a very cold day. I didn't realize you had to walk quite a distance to get to the home so I skipped paying the admission fee and just saw the drive in to the visitor fee area. The grounds looked beautiful and if the weather were nicer I'd have definitely done the tour. They ask you to program your radio to AM 1610 when you enter. It explains the history and clearly states African American slaves. It stated the last descendant of the family left it in honor of the African American slaves who were indentured here and later freed from slavery. A lot of history here.
It was really pretty. We had a picnic lunch under the big trees and toured the property ourselves. It was disconcerting how their signs and brochures avoided the topic of slavery. The people who worked on the plantation were indeed enslaved peoples, not "servants."
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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
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