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Effingham County located North of Savannah and one of Georgia's first founding counties. Springfield is the county seat and houses the majority of the county's municipal buildings. Other incorporated towns in the county are Guyton and Rincon. Rincon makes the southernmost municipality and population density is concentrated around South Effingham.



The first white settlers were Lutherans from Salzburg, Austria, who had been exiled to Augsburg, Germany, at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Attracted by offers of land and start-up funding from the Georgia Trustees, seventy-eight Salzburgers left Augsburg for Georgia under the leadership of their pastors, as the "First Salzburger Transport." When they arrived in 1734, General James Oglethorpe offered them a low-lying area about twenty-five miles from Savannah, on the frontier of English territory. Naming their new community Ebenezer, the Salzburgers lived there in great hardship, struggling to grow crops and often contracting disease in the swampy area. With Oglethorpe's permission, the Salzburgers relocated two years later to a higher location on a ridge overlooking the Savannah River. Officially the new town retained the same name, but informally it became known as New Ebenezer.



Within a few decades the Salzburgers occupied about twenty-five square miles in the county, establishing farms, gristmills, lumber mills, and a silk filature. In 1769 they built a red-brick church known as the Old Salzburger Church, or Jerusalem Church. The Salzburgers established the first Sunday school in Georgia in 1734 and the first orphanage in 1737, and theirs is the oldest continuing Lutheran congregation in America to worship in its original building. Other Salzburger settlements in Effingham County were Abercorn, Bethany, and Goshen. The group began to lose its cohesion with the death of its founding Pastor, a process that was accelerated by the American Revolution. During the war the British occupied Ebenezer, converted Jerusalem Church into a hospital, set up taverns, and quartered their troops in Salzburger homes, making life for the settlers so unpleasant that many of them fled to the countryside. When they returned at the conclusion of the war, they found their homes and other buildings in ruins. Efforts to revive trade and industry were unsuccessful, and Ebenezer, Abercorn, and Goshen became ghost towns. Many descendants of the Salzburgers still live in Effingham County, however, and a number of them are active in the Georgia Salzburger Society, founded in 1925.






The Civil War (1861-65) brought hardship when Union General William T. Sherman's troops came through the county on their march to the sea in 1864. Some Union soldiers encamped on the Eden Road after passing through Springfield. Others occupied Jerusalem Church, using its picket fence and hymnals for fires and engaging in skirmishes on the grounds.




The county received its first economic boost in the late nineteenth century when railroads began laying tracks there. The city of Rincon originated in 1891, when the South Bound Railroad laid tracks from Savannah to Columbia, South Carolina, through the area. Residents catered to the needs of railroad workers and began to prosper. They built cotton gins, lumber mills, and turpentine stills. Rincon grew enough to warrant incorporation in 1927. Another boost came in the 1980s with the arrival of large companies and factories, contributing to a growth spurt that made Rincon the largest of Effingham County's towns.



During the period of Rincon's growth, Springfield experienced some hard times after the Civil War. First, the city lost some of its historic buildings to several fires between the late 1800s and the 1960s, but it has since renovated and restored many of those that remain. Once situated along the main county thoroughfare for automobile traffic, Springfield was forced to reinvent itself when the Highway 21 bypass was built in the late 1990s, thereby diverting thousands of cars from its business district. At the same time, several important county offices were moved to Rincon, driving many Springfield businesses to close. The town has taken measures to avert its demise by focusing on its history and promoting tourism and quality of life. In 2000 these efforts were rewarded by its being named a Georgia "Better Hometown."


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Richmond Hill

$2,750,000, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 7,173 Sqr Feet
Iconic. This is the home that Town and Country Magazine built to kickstart The Ford Plantation... this home has wings! To be exact the home has four distinctly separate living wings, each wing gorgeous, unique and brilliantly separate from the next, while still being under the same roof. The central

Richmond Hill

$2,650,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,816 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$2,500,000, 4 Beds, 5 Baths, 7,418 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$2,350,000, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 4,800 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$2,250,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 5,055 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$1,993,000, 7 Beds, 7 Baths, 8,277 Sqr Feet
Professional photos will be uploaded by March 29th. Private deep water estate with acreage on Ogeechee River. Seller will consider a discounted package price for the waterfront home at 206 Bluff View Dr. (Lot #8) plus the adjoining waterfront Lot #9 if they are sold and closed at the same time. Cust

Richmond Hill

$1,950,000, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 4,687 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$1,750,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,534 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$1,500,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 4,615 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$1,500,000, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 6,869 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$1,495,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,800 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$1,299,000, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 3,406 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$1,250,000, 5 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,604 Sqr Feet
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Guyton

$1,250,000, 6 Beds, 4 Baths, 4,125 Sqr Feet
Beautiful Country Home (4,125 sq.ft.), situated on a lakefront. Sits on 314 +/- acres in a park-like setting with a private 9-acre stocked lake. Approximately 16 acres of mature oak trees surround the homestead. Plenty of land to make into a gorgeous orchard, horse and/or cattle farm beyond what you

Guyton

$1,200,000, 5 Beds, 4 Baths, 6,215 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$999,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,844 Sqr Feet
Custom home in the prestigious ultra private Ford Plantation. Enjoy the 3.38 wooded acres private lot with wonderful screened porch and comfortable living. Views of the 7th fairway and Sterling Lake are in the distance. Gourmet kitchen and granite countertops. Master on the main. Relax and en

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$994,500, 2 Beds, 1 Baths, 1,463 Sqr Feet
The Ford Plantation Jewel Box! This is the famed 2 kayak garage Boat House, well known all over the lowcountry as the one-of-a-kind masterpiece on Lake Sterling. Featuring luxurious pecky cypress paneling and cypress timbers throughout, this home is not simply viewed, it is to be experienced! Enjoye

Richmond Hill

$950,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,299 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$949,900, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 3,649 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$945,000, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 4,472 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$919,000, 5 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,472 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$899,900, 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 4,511 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$899,900, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 3,397 Sqr Feet
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Springfield

$899,000, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 3,773 Sqr Feet
129 ACRES + 3770 SQFT HOME OVERLOOKING MANICURED POND AND GROUNDS!! Excellent Opportunity to Meet Your Needs as 3 Acres are Zoned Commercial (HWY 21 Frontage) with Separate Power + Water Access and Drive-Way!! Lovely Low Country Home with Expansive Porches is Accessed by a Private Tree Lined Drive w

Richmond Hill

$895,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 5,616 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$825,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 4,373 Sqr Feet
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Bloomingdale

$800,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,255 Sqr Feet
3 bedroom home on 5.63 acres. Perfect for developer or builder with potential to subdivide into multiple lots to build additional homes. Current home has 420 feet of Us Hwy 80 frontage with potential to resurvey that for Commercial and subdivide the back into sellable/buildable lots. House is in

Richmond Hill

$795,000, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 3,357 Sqr Feet
Seller is prepared to consider a lot trade deal for a Ford Plantation lot. As the address suggests this home is positioned amongst the Big Oaks which are nothing short of spectacular. The home was thoughtfully located on the property to feature the trees and from the top balcony it feels like you ar

Richmond Hill

$787,000, 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,995 Sqr Feet
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Richmond Hill

$750,000, 3 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,197 Sqr Feet
Exceptional! This lowcountry gem is perfectly situated amongst giant live oak trees, in one of the most beautiful parts of The Ford Plantation.The home features a large family room which opens up to an oversized porch and a very private back yard, with a built in grill. There is a master bedroom sui




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