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Discover Historical Sites in Georgia on the Coastal Bryan Heritage Trail

A couple looking at a map while driving to historical sites in Georgia near Richmond Hill.Like many cities in the South, Richmond Hill has a deep and rich history. The town outside of Savannah is home to countless things to do that celebrate both its past and present. One such activity is driving along the Coastal Bryan Heritage Trail, a corridor home to numerous historical sites in Georgia. Set off from your Richmond Hill rental from Sid Was Here Short Term Rentals to expand your knowledge of the popular town.

What to See on Your Drive

The Coastal Bryan Heritage Trail is a 46-mile round-trip driving route that takes you to 30 spots in Richmond Hill with historical significance. Keep reading to learn about 9 of the places you can visit.

  1. Start your outing at the Courthouse Annex found east of US Hwy 17 and State Route 44 (Ford Avenue), an area considered the heart of Richmond Hill (stop #1)
  2. Learn about how Henry and Clara Ford built their winter home in Richmond City and contributed to the community by reading the marker found at Richmond Hill City Hall (stop #3).
  3. The land along the Ogeechee River was once one of the most important rice-growing lands in the area. The marker here tells how the crop was cultivated from the 1800s to 1900 (stop #5).
  4. The 75 homes that made up Bottom Village housed Ford employees. This was one of two original subdivisions in Richmond Hill and also featured a baseball field and recreation building.
  5. Housed in the same building that was once a kindergarten for children in the area, the Richmond Hill History Museum is home to several artifacts and mementos from both the Ford family and other items of interest (stop #11)
  6. In 1939, Henry Ford kicked off the construction of a new school that would serve the needs of African-American children in Lower Bryan County. This school would be named after George Washington Carver and have its first graduating class in 1945 (stop #18).
  7. Found in the parking area of the Fort McAllister Visitor Center is the “Guale Village at Seven-Mile Bend” (stop #22). This stop tells visitors about the archaeological evidence of Native Americans inhabiting the area as early as 3000 BC.
  8. Now a shopping center, Sawmill Plaza was the location of the Industrial Arts and Trade School, the Ford sawmill, and a large grassy area (stop #27)
  9. The final stop on the trail is also the oldest site on the trail. While nothing remains of the fort today, the marker tells the history of Fort Argyle. The fort area is also not accessible as it is found within the Fort Stewart Military Reservation.

Reserve Your Furnished Richmond Hill Rental

The living space of a vacation rental in Richmond Hill to relax in after visiting local historical sites in Georgia.After a day of exploring historical sites in Georgia, there’s nothing better than relaxing in your Sid Was Here rental. All of our Richmond Hill homes are fully furnished with plush and cozy furniture that’ll have you feeling right at home. Reserving one of our short-term rentals means all you have to worry about packing is your personal belongings. Text or call 912-574-4473 to learn more about which of our Richmond Hill rentals is best for your next visit.

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