Like many areas around the country, the Golden Isles of Georgia have a long and rich history. Dating back to the earliest days of Georgia history, rice plantations along Georgia’s coast were commonplace. The historic Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is one such plantation, and dates back to the early 1800’s. Since we’re nearing October, we thought it’d be fitting to talk about some of the more haunted history of Georgia’s Golden Isles. There are plenty of local myths and legends worth exploring when you visit us this fall, but one of the more interesting is that of the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick. If you’re ready to get haunted with us, book your room at the Horse Stamp Inn Bed and Breakfast today!
Haunted Ghost Stories of the Golden Isles
The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, a historic rice plantation carved along the Alhatma River, was founded by William Brailsford, who was certainly once a part of Georgia’s genteel low country society that developed during the antebellum period. Though rice cultivation along the coastline was difficult following the Civil War, the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation continued its work until 1913, at which point it was converted into a dairy, and later sold to the State of Georgia for preservation in 1973. Today, the plantation has been turned into a museum complete with family heirlooms and furniture. The plantation is also home to a beautiful Colonial Coast Birding Trail, which is the perfect place to spot herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings, and get a glimpse at the edge of the marsh where rice once flourished.
But each October, the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation offers a little bit more for curious guests. Now is your perfect chance to take an eerie journey back through time, and what is considered to be Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours, which will go beneath centuries-old Live Oak trees and into the plantation out-buildings, ending with a lantern tour of the plantation house itself. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and recent ghost stories, as well as the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom.
These tours will take place on October 5, 12, 19, and 26th from 6:30 – 8:00PM.
When you’re done, we’re sure you’ll need a peaceful place to relax. There’s no where better than the Horse Stamp Inn Bed and Breakfast, which also used to be part of a rice plantation. We aren’t haunted though, but rather we are a retreat dedicated to provided the best in comfort and hospitality. Book your getaway to Georgia’s barrier islands this fall!