Richmond Hill is a rapidly growing coastal city, just south of historic Savannah. Before the Civil War devastated the local economy, Richmond Hill served as home to many thriving rice plantations and its residents considered the city the "breadbasket" of the South.
Between 1865 and 1925, Richmond Hill struggled against poverty, malaria and bootlegging. When Henry and Clara Ford built a beautiful summer residence and engaged philanthropic outreach into the community, though, Richmond Hill began to revive. The Fords purchased 85,000 acres of land and built a total of 272 buildings, including schools, a church, a trade school and homes for Ford's 600 employees.
These days, Richmond Hill attracts military families who appreciate the city's small town charm, safe neighborhoods and well-supported public schools. Area attractions include the Annual Ol’ Time Family Festival and BBQ, the Annual Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, the Hometown Holiday Parade and Chili Cook-off and the Annual Ford Days Festival.