GEMA/HS Dispatch March 2018 Edition - Page 12

DNR preserves Georgia’s history in the face of disasters By Lisa Rodriguez-Presley B eyond the modern homes and businesses affected when Hurricane Irma struck South Georgia, coastal historic sites also bore the brunt of the storm. With flooding and wind damage across the sprawling property of Hofwyl- Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division began the work of recovering from the storm and continuing their mission of preserving Georgia’s history. Georgia DNR is responsible for maintaining 63 state parks and historic sites, some dating back to colonial times. While there are very few with historical structures, protecting the integrity of landmarks like Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is critical to preserving Georgia’s history for future generations. “We only have a few structures we have to maintain,” said James Hamilton, Assistant Director of State Parks and Historic Sites. “In the case of Hofwyl-Broadfield, the main home and structures date back to the 1850’