For centuries, Richmond Hill was inhabited by the Guale Indians, and later it was occupied by English settlements after the Spanish explorations. Centuries after, Richmond Hill proudly fought in the Civil War between the States. Fort McAllister was an important icon in Richmond Hill during the Civil War. Its purpose was to protect Savannah’s “backdoor”. Nine battles were fought at the fort, including the closing battle of Sherman’s infamous March to Sea that actually ended in Bryan County. Even when nearly destroyed by Sherman’s March to Sea in 1864, Richmond Hill was able to rebuild itself from the ashes of the devastation with the help of Henry Ford.
The Henry Ford era was an important time period in the history of Richmond Hill. During those times, the city was actually known as Ways Station. It was not until 1941 did the name Richmond Hill came to be. The Ford family built their estate in Ways Station as a winter retreat, but ended up transforming the town into a prosperous city. Henry Ford bought thousands of a...
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...end in December to celebrate the winter holidays. Besides the annual celebrations, there are much more recreation activities that are available year-round. A Veteran’s Memorial is located in J.F. Gregory Park where families come to remember the men and women who fought in the many wars. Also, behind the park, a Georgia Colonial Coast Birding Trail and three-mile nature trail is open to anyone who wishes to enjoy the local nature’s beauty. Visitors can observe the numerous different species of animals and plants and obtain a great workout while doing so. Many people also enjoy fishing in the nearby ponds. Richmond Hill has gone through prosperity and poverty, but has still persevered over the years to maintain a beautiful and safe environment for everyone to enjoy. Richmond Hill is truly a city with a remarkable history behind it and an amazing future ahead of it.
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