Editorial

6/18/2012

Historic site could be a major draw

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation on U.S. 17 is reminding those heading up projects that will benefit the tourism industry in Brunswick and the Golden Isles not to forget about one of Glynn County's oldest historic sites.

It can be an even greater asset than it is today with proper thought and planning, supporters of the antebellum rice-growing plantation say.

The tourism industry shouldn't forget about it.

In fact, planners ought to see how the community can better capitalize on this story that dates back to the early 1800s.

There are ways to do that. All it will take is a little brainstorming followed by action.

Hofwyl-Broadfield is more than just an after-thought listing under the heading of "other nearby attractions" on a tourist brochure.

With smart planning and prudent scheduling, Hofwyl could become a major drawing card.

Americans travel thousands of miles just to ogle at faces carved into a mountain or to say they followed the trail of Paul Revere.

Hofwyl reflects a period of American history that continues to fascinate millions of Americans, as well as countless other people abroad. It's a thought-provoking past that continues to spark debate and create headlines today.

Of course, an individual might not ever know about Hofwyl if left up to the state, which manages the site. In fact, Hofwyl, being on the coast and hundreds of miles from Atlanta, Georgia's capital city, is not one of the state's favorite places.

That much is clear by the fact that Hofwyl remains closed half of the week due to state funding cuts.

Glynn County and its tourism industry can change that and will, we predict, when the leadership finally learns to recognize the treasures they have in their own backyard.