I’m not sure if this deserves it’s own post, but seeing as I took a few pictures, I shouldn’t clutter the Savannah post with more. I really wanted to visit a plantation to find out how things worked way back in the day, so when we found out that the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation was 1) on our way South, and 2) discounted (admission) thanks to Groupon, and 3) highly reviewed on TripAdvisor, we decided to go for it.
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed, but only because it wasn’t what I was expecting. We watched a little video about the history of the house and then had a guide tour us around the house, pointing out interesting things in each room. As odd as this sounds, I was very interested to hear about the slaves that lived at the place, but that wasn’t discussed. There was only a little sign at at the slave house that didn’t say much. The owner had 350-some slaves to his name, who worked on some 7300 acres of land.
The park/plantation was mostly a preservation on the family history of the house. The house was still intact from the 1850s and we could imagine how the land was first a rice plantation and then a dairy farm (after the rice industry moved inland). The land was mossy and very pretty, so that itself was worth the discounted admission price!
Here are some pictures:
Looks like we’ll have to go to visit the River Road African American Museum in Louisiana to find out more about slavery.