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A Georgian Plantation

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:

This is an adult woman's chair. So tiny!
This is an adult woman’s chair. So tiny!

The slave quarters
The slave quarters
Farm equipment
Farm equipment

Nature walk!
Nature walk!

Where the rice plantations were.
Where the rice land was.

Looks like we’ll have to go to visit the River Road African American Museum in Louisiana to find out more about slavery.

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