Friday, April 12, 2013

TREE

A friend came to visit and we were out doing touristy stuff. On the way up to Fort King George, we stopped at Hofyl-Broadfield plantation. This was a rice plantation that remained in the same family for five generations though a lot of the land was sold off when rice became too unprofitable. Still they stuck with it until 1913, when the family turned to dairy farming to save their land.  In the 1970's, the youngest daughter of the last family to occupy it (a spinster) died, and she willed it to the state of Georgia. They're making it into a rather nice park, with a walking trail and visitors center added to the main house and outbuildings. The museum has paintings and photographs and a film that tells about its history.

One interesting thing about the place is that the house is filled with eighteenth and nineteenth century things as well as more modern furnishings. All original to the house. Seems the family never threw anything away, just shifted it up to the attic. A guide takes you through and points out things like the chair Miss Ophelia, the last descendent, died in. He also tells stories. Like the chandelier given the family by the noted du Ponts, friends of Miss Ophelia's. (She was evidently a gadabout in her youth who went to Europe and other places as a guest of her wealthier friends.) She disliked the chandelier so much that she only put it up when the du Ponts visited. As soon as they left, she had it taken down and stored till their next visit.

And the grounds are wonderful. The house faces the old rice field--marshes--and is surrounded by large old trees with Spanish moss hanging from them. A lovely place for festivals and other celebrations the Friends of Hofyl-Broadfield put on to raise money for its maintenance and care.

Here's a photo I snapped. It's one of the largest live oaks I've ever seen and it stands near the house. You can kind of see its size by the person standing under it. If you ever travel near Hofyl-Broadfield, be sure and stop in. Wear your walking shoes, because it's a ten minute hide from the visitors center to the house.




4 comments:

  1. Thanks for pointing this place out.

    And yes, that is a massive oak!

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    1. If you ever get down this way, be sure and visit! It's more impressive in person, and there's a gargantuan magnolia tree nearby, too.

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  2. It's good you were standing at the bottom of that picture because the size of those trees is impossible to understand without a person to depict it.
    Beautiful comes in a lot of forms.

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  3. Beauty does come in lots of forms. And that isn't me at the bottom but a friend. She didn't want her picture taken but I told her I'd be so far away, no one would recognize her. Guess I was right!

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