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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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$825,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 4,373 Sqr Feet
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$750,000, 3 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,197 Sqr Feet
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$750,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,255 Sqr Feet
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$749,000, 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,995 Sqr Feet
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