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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

$3,900,000, 9 Beds, 9 Baths, 8,400 Sqr Feet
Antebellum masterpiece at The Ford Plantation. Located on the banks of the Ogeechee River just outside Savannah, this is a family compound reminiscent of The Main House that Henry and Clara Ford once called home. The home is located on 3.75 acres of gorgeous land, perfectly landscaped with centuries

Richmond Hill

$2,929,000, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 8,910 Sqr Feet
Now - more than ever- your home must serve as a true sanctuary: a place of refuge, security and comfort. A place to live, work, sleep and play. 1800 pristine acres - 400 homes. Completed in 2007 by James Lowell Strickland ( Visit HISTORICALCONCEPTS.COM ), the home rests on 2 plus acres along Lake St

Richmond Hill

$2,695,000, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 6,542 Sqr Feet
Stunning Ford Plantation estate home situated on almost 4 acres directly on Lake Sterling with a private dock. Designed by Jim Strickland of historical concepts this home epitomizes casual elegance. Having recently undergone extensive renovations to include a brand new state of the art gourmet kit

Richmond Hill

$2,650,000, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 6,700 Sqr Feet
This Federal style Plantation home is located in the prestigious Ford Plantation Sporting Club. Built in 2004, this elegant home has a main floor master bedroom/sitting room, two large walkin closets and a fireplace. As you enter the foyer, breathtaking views of the 200 year old live oaks will lead

Richmond Hill

$2,100,000, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 3,723 Sqr Feet
Magnificent estate located on Lake Sterling in the prestigous Ford Plantation. This property is private and stately. Constructed with the highest of standards, the main house features a gourmet kitchen with butlers pantry, family room and gorgeous study. Large master suite with a private porch to

Richmond Hill

$1,850,000, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 4,524 Sqr Feet
781 McAllister Landing is located in the historically reminiscent neighborhood McAllister Point at The Ford Plantation. Each home is designed and built to look and feel as if you were downtown Savannah or Charleston, but comes with all of the world class amenities Ford has to offer. The main level

Richmond Hill

$1,750,000, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 4,505 Sqr Feet
Reduce your COVID risk and Escape the overcrowded, overwhelming city life and enjoy luxury with a relaxed rustic charm. This estate sits nestled amongst mature trees on a large 2.66 acre lot backing up to sterling lake at The Ford Plantation. The main house holds amazing reclaimed Oak floors through

Richmond Hill

$1,600,000, 6 Beds, 6 Baths, 4,892 Sqr Feet
Ultra private estate located on a heavily wooded lot in the prestigious Ford Plantation. The home features a beautiful living room that opens up to the formal dining, kitchen and breakfast room. A large, comfortable screened in porch that allows you to enjoy the beautiful landscape. Just beyond t

Guyton

$1,595,000, 5 Beds, 4 Baths, 4,989 Sqr Feet
695 Honey Ridge Rd is a private equestrian estate on 26+ manicured acres in Guyton, Ga. The property has everything for the year-round professional horseman or the seasonal amateur & only 28 miles from Savannah, GA. Southern charm meets country elegance with the stately Colonial brick home built in

Rincon

$1,500,000, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,770 Sqr Feet
OVER 200 ACRES IN DESIRABLE SOUTH EFFINGHAM COUNTY 5 MILES TO I-95 AND 10 MINUTES TO POOLER PARKWAY AND SHOPPING AND 16 MILES TO DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH THIS PROPERTY HAS 3 RESIDENCES, MAIN DWELLING HOME THAT IS 1770 SQ FT 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH, 2002 DOUBLE WIDE HOME 4 BEDS, 2 BATHS, 1344 SQFT , HAS A 1 BEDROO

Richmond Hill

$1,439,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,816 Sqr Feet
Classic design, elegant yet comfortable. Wood and brick are used throughout the main floor. Craftmanship is unparalleled. Located in the Main House district (The Ford Mansion), the view offers acres of lawn and field, magnificent live oaks, jumping paddocks and equestrian fencing. And just beyond is

Richmond Hill

$1,250,000, 4 Beds, 5 Baths, 4,448 Sqr Feet
Located on an estate lot inside the Ford Plantation is 100 Belted Kingfisher. Featuring a chefs kitchen, bar, study and large master suite that opens up to its private jacuzzi, this home is for entertaining. Enjoy your coffee on the large screened in porch overlooking the 5th hole of Pete Dye's aw

Richmond Hill

$1,185,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,559 Sqr Feet
Enjoy modern living in the newly developed final phase of The Ford Plantation, SILK HOPE. This beautiful village home, the Burghley, is part of the Village Homes found along Riceland Way. Overlooking the Village Green with views of the wildlife sanctuary, this home is designed to compliment the surr

Richmond Hill

$1,150,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,990 Sqr Feet
This unique waterfront marina home located in The Ford Plantation is now being offered for sale. Located in the front row of the private Ford Plantation Marina, Silk Hope Harbor, this is a build to suit home with the unique opportunity to personalize. Features include 3 bedrooms with a master suite

Richmond Hill

$976,500, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 3,592 Sqr Feet
This is a rare find in The Ford Plantation. Beautiful, proposed low country home on the golf course. The costs to build are included in the price including architectural design fees, permitting and ARB approval. This is a turn key product that has been designed to exceed the high standards requir

Port Wentworth

$899,999, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 6,359 Sqr Feet
RARE FIND! On more than 5 acres, pond, immaculate cared for 6359 square foot brick home. Main floor features open plan with high ceilings, great room with a fire place, dining room, breakfast room, butlers pantry, enormous family/office, could be a wonderful theater room, also opens to a terrace ov

Richmond Hill

$850,000, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,872 Sqr Feet
Deep Water Home with Salt Water Pool. One of a kind A-Frame with 3-car garage. Covered dock house with boat and jet-ski hoist. Newer Roof. Lots of space in this entertaining paradise. 4 bedroom, 3 bath, formal dining room, plus library/playroom with full bath. Kitchen with granite counter tops and i

Richmond Hill

$849,500, 1 Beds, 1 Baths, 1,216 Sqr Feet
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! Enjoyed sunrise and sunset vistas ove

Richmond Hill

$795,000, 5 Beds, 4 Baths, 5,200 Sqr Feet
Southern Charm abounds in this Exquisite Low Country, marsh front home. Inside you'll find a meticulously maintained home - Austrailian Jarra wood floors throughout the Formal Dining, Formal Living, Guest bedroom and Master Suite and continues upstairs. A Gourmet kitchen complete with granite counte

Rincon

$790,000, 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,216 Sqr Feet
Unique income producing property & home-site! Custom built, 3/4 bdrm, 2.5ba brick ranch w/3 car garage & set on a 1.35 acre home-site. ALL NEW WINDOWS, new HVAC system, updated kit & baths! Home is set between a 17-lot MBH park on 3.5 acres & 35 acres of addt'l land including a 7+ acre pond, walkin

Richmond Hill

$775,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,670 Sqr Feet
All Custom Home offers all you could ask for and more. Great for entertaining Wow factor when you enter home spacious open concept with high ceiling, bamboo flooring through out, 4 en-suite bedroom with own baths. Gourmet Kitchen that will amaze. Step out to screened patio and pool with private do

Guyton

$769,900, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 4,181 Sqr Feet
Located on the gorgeous oak draped Honey Ridge Road, this Southern Estate is situated on nearly 7 acres, and has everything you could dream about! This beauty host 4 bedrooms, 3 bull baths and two 1/2 baths, and a bonus room in the main house. Red oak flooring flows throughout most of the home wit

Richmond Hill

$769,000, 6 Beds, 4 Baths, 5,144 Sqr Feet
Builders personal home is truly a one of a kind home in Richmond Hill. Executive home sits on a unique salt water inlet wooded 6 acre tract with amazing views. Property features 6BD and 4.5 Bath in the 4500 ft main house and also has a 960 ft guest house. Approx. 800 ft of garage/workshop area. Cust

Richmond Hill

$749,700, 5 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,176 Sqr Feet
$749,700 total for all 4 listings described below: 6306 Hwy 17 (MLS 234146) features a beautiful one owner like new (2000) manufactured home that has 2176 sq ft and features 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 living areas plus amazing porches sitting amongst beautiful lush acreage. Modular home will conve

Richmond Hill

$749,700, 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,714 Sqr Feet
$749,700 for all 4 listings described below: A total of 4.79 Acres. 6234 Hwy 17 (MLS #233474 & #234365) Main House (always used as residential), Commercial Building, 1.5 Commercial Acreage 390' commercial Hwy frontage. Minutes from the 3rd (new) I-95 Exchange in Richmond Hill. Features include 1.5 a

Rincon

$729,900, 2 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,256 Sqr Feet
Unique property with great potential! 9.4 acres with pond, primary residence, utility building with parking for 3 vehicles (including motor home), and enclosed large kitchen area. The large screened porch is great for relaxing or entertaining. Living room has tile, fan, & opens to the Sunroom. Kitch

Richmond Hill

$699,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,079 Sqr Feet
Meticulously maintained home located in the heart of Cherry Hill at the Ford Plantation. This beautiful home has gorgeous views of the 9th fairway and is walking distance to the Clubhouse, pool, tennis, pickle ball, sports barn and more. Open concept living with a large living room open to the kit

Rincon

$695,000, 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 3,420 Sqr Feet
This unique property includes pin numbers R2070058C00 and R2070060 making total land in city limits 2.76 acre. This includes large brick home which makes an amazing business opportunity and includes garage with 1590 sq feet for small business with store front and additional bath. Separated lots in

Port Wentworth

$689,000, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 3,962 Sqr Feet
New price! The spacious 3600sf home on 7 acres has an open modern floor plan terrific for a large family and entertaining. Have your horses, goats, garden surrounding your home! The living room has vaulted ceilings and a wood burning stove enjoyed from the adjoining open kitchen and dining room. Ma

Richmond Hill

$679,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 3,128 Sqr Feet
Handsome spacious home located in Cherry Hill conveniently located with walking distance to the Clubhouse, Lake Dye Complex (pool, fitness center, tennis, restaurant, golf center). Green space surrounds this home giving you privacy plus convenience.




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