The Friends of Hofwyl will host a presentation by Sudy Leavy on Ophelia Dent, the last owner of Hofwyl- Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the visitors center at the former plantation. Refreshments will be served.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation was once a thriving rice plantation on the Altamaha River, between Darien and Brunswick. This state historic site now provides a glimpse into the lives and culture of the Georgia rice coast from 1800-1915. Ophelia Dent bequeathed the property to the state upon her death, in 1973.
Leavy will appear in as Ophelia Dent, and share snippets of letters from Dent to her lifelong friend, Arabella Clark Cleveland. Leavy is the author of “Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation,” one of the books in Arcadia Publishing Company’s “Images of America” series. Dent met Cleveland when she was a teacher at Wykeham Rise School for Girls in Washington, Conn. A frequent visitor to Hofwyl, Cleveland save the correspondence that lasted from 1912, until Dent’s 1973 death. The letters were transcribed by Cleveland’s daughter, Arabella Young. The Arabella Clark Cleveland Collection is housed at University of Georgia.
Leavy said the letters portray Ophelia Dent, her interest in and love of Hofwyl, her many friends and daily aspects of her life.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 U.S. Highway 17, in Brunswick, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission to the historic site is $8 for adults and $5 for children 5-17. Children younger than 5 are admitted free. Details: 912-264-7333, or firstname.lastname@example.org.