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Richmond Hill Plantation

  • Also Known As: Ford Farms also Henry Ford Plantation

  • Address: Ford Neck Rd
  • Vicinity: E of Richmond Hill
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building
  • Activity Category: Sport

On the other side, at fifty feet distant were rows of old live oak trees, their branches and twigs slightly hung with a delicate fringe of gray moss, and their dark, shining, green foliage meeting and intermingling naturally but densely overhead. The sunlight streamed through and played aslant the lustrous leaves and waving, fluttering, quivering, palpitating, pendulous moss: the arch was low and broad; the trunks were huge and gnarled, and there was a heavy groining of strong, dark, rough, knotty branches. I stopped my horse, bowed my head, and held my breath. I have hardly in all my life seen anything so impressively grand and beautiful. Frederick Law Olmsted Sr

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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1734/00/00 James Edward Oglethorpe Work James Oglethorpe grants 2,000 acres on the Ogeechee River at Sterling Bluff to Hugh and William Sterling. The Sterlings ultimately abandoned the grant.
1748/00/00 John Harn receives a 500-acre land grant from King George III. Harn, who named it Dublin Plantation, began cultivating rice and plants the now massive Live Oaks that form the letter "H" at the entrance to The Main House.
1853/06/14 Frederick Law Olmsted Sr Visitor The New York Times reports how, after getting lost looking for the nearby White Hall Plantation, Frederick Law Olmsted visits Dublin plantation.
1864/12/10 Federal troops destroy the Richmond plantation home. Sherman's March to the Sea
1925/00/00 Henry Ford Owner Henry Ford begins buying and restoring antebellum plantations in Ways Station (now Richmond Hill). He will eventually accumulate 70,000 acres, covering 120 square miles.
1936/00/00 Henry Ford Home Cletus Bergen reimagines Hermitage Plantation into 6,900-square-foot home with an elevator and stainless steel appliances, a drawing room, dining room, library, kitchen, six bedrooms plus a servant's room (all upstairs) and seven bathrooms.
1936/00/00 Cletus W Bergen Architect Cletus Bergen reimagines Hermitage Plantation into 6,900-square-foot home with an elevator and stainless steel appliances, a drawing room, dining room, library, kitchen, six bedrooms plus a servant's room (all upstairs) and seven bathrooms.
1940/00/00 Henry Ford Life The Ford's have an oyster house built near the Ogeechee River for oyster roasts and elaborate barbeques. The Ford Plantation continues to regularly hosts traditional oyster roasts, featuring local oysters and a buffet of traditional southern fare. Oyster
1951/00/00 Henry Ford's on Bryan Neck holdings are bought by the International Paper Company.
1987/00/00 Pete Dye The Ford Plantation Golf Course opens.
2014/10/01 Pete Dye Pete Dye restorations of the Ford Plantation Golf Course opens. Other course work was done by Tim Liddy (2014), Pete Dye (1998) and PB Dye (1998).

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Particulars for Richmond Hill Plantation:
Historic Use Agricultural fields
Area of Significance Agriculture
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Engineering
Sport Golf
Landscape Golf course
Area of Significance Industry
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Secondary structure
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Social History
Level of Significance State

Data
Holes: 18
Length in Yards: 7409
Par: 72


US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 30th January 1978

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Richmond Hill Plantation
Registry Address: E of Richmond Hill on Ford Neck Rd.
Registry Number: 78000966
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Bergen,Cletus
Architectural Style: No style listed
Area in Acres: 60
Contributing Buildings: 3
Certification: Listed in the National Register
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Engineering, Architecture, Agriculture, Social history, Industry
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Person
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Period of Significance: 1950-1974, 1925-1949
Significant Year: 1925, 1936, 1951
Associated People: Ford,Henry
Historic Function: Domestic, Agriculture, subsistence
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Agricultural fields, Secondary structure
Current Function: Vacant, not in use
Current Sub-Function:

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Activity
Activity Category Sport

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