Admission to two local state parks will be free this weekend as part of the Georgia Historical Society’s Super Museum Sunday, an educational program for kindergarten through high school students.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation and Fort King George will open to the public free of charge at 9 a.m. Sunday for the Georgia History Festival, an educational program aimed at teaching K-12 students about the state’s long history.
Both parks will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fort King George will host a book signing from 3-4:30 p.m. Buddy Sullivan will sign copies of his book, “A Low Country Diary,” in which is collected the best of McIntosh County historian Bessie Lewis’ newspaper column originally published in The Darien News.
While nothing out of the ordinary is planned at Hofwyl Plantation, the park still does very well on Super Museum Sundays.
According to Hofwyl’s interpretive ranger Faye Cowart, the day is one of their best attended by those not from Southeast Georgia.
“We get lots of groups from schools on field trips. In fact I just got a call from Spelman College, in Atlanta, they’re going to bring a group down, so we do get a lot of groups,” Cowart said. “We get more from outside of the area than any in the area.”
The offer of a free park visit draws people from all over.
“It’s well attended because it gets the people that might otherwise not come out,” Cowart said. “It’s like anything else, when you’ve got a free day, people want to take advantage of it.”
Howfyl is located at 5556 U.S. Highway 17 near Brunswick and Fort King George can be found at 302 McIntosh Rd. in Darien.
Other parks in the region that will be participating are Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill, Fort Morris Historic Site in Midway and Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah.