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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

$4,950,000, 6 Beds, 7 Baths, 8,304 Sqr Feet
One of the most stunning properties in all of The Ford Plantation. This home is the epitome of luxury. A large waterfront estate features amazing views of Lake Clara and the Ogeechee River. Sweeping porches to enjoy the views from many angles and plenty of opportunity to enjoy outdoor living. T

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 3.94 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 (Historical Concepts), the home rests on 2 plus acres along Lake Sterling in T

Richmond Hill

$2,750,000, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 6,132 Sqr Feet
One of the most exquisite homes located inside the Ford Plantation. Designed by award-winning architect, Jim Strickland of Historical Concepts, this is the home that Town and Country magazine built to showcase The Ford Plantation. Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac directly on Lake Sterling, this

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

$2,499,000, 4 Beds, 5 Baths, 5,954 Sqr Feet
Stunning estate home located in the prestigious Ford Plantation. This home does not disappoint and exudes elegance throughout. Downstairs features a beautiful formal dining room and a living room with soaring ceilings. Spend some time on the gorgeous screened in back porch which runs the length o

Rincon

$2,000,000, 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

$1,995,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 4,008 Sqr Feet
Ford Plantation Estate with guest quarters, loggia and Southern Mansion situated on 3+ Acres with deep water dockage and direct access to the Ogeechee River and Intercoastal Waterway. The Main House is a lowcountry estate dream with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths closely located to the Ford Equestrian

Richmond Hill

$1,750,000, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 4,505 Sqr Feet
Welcome to luxury with a relaxed rustic charm. This incredible 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 hardwood floors throughout the house.This home features 4 bedrooms, 4 full b

Richmond Hill

$1,625,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 4,225 Sqr Feet
Presenting, The Longleat Estate Home at Silk Hope, the final phase of The Ford Plantation. The Longleat home design features a unique double-rolled roof gable on the main facade with a floor plan that allows for panoramic views from the living, dining, and kitchen spaces. While Estate Homes are the

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

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

$1,300,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 3,160 Sqr Feet
Presenting, The Burghley Garden Home at Silk Hope located on large corner lot on Oak Allee. The Burghley home design features a distinctive rolled gable roof form with the porch moved toward the street yard defining the intimate courtyard garden. Garden Homes are situated along the Oak Alle with sli

Richmond Hill

$1,295,000, 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 the architectural design fees, permitting and ARB approval. This is a turn key product that has been designed to exceed the high standards r

Richmond Hill

$1,185,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,990 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 s

Richmond Hill

$1,150,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 3,250 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 suit

Richmond Hill

$1,149,000, 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 3,406 Sqr Feet
Enjoy Breathtaking Views and Unique Architectural Design in This Stunning Hillside Home. Located in the Exclusive, Guarded, Gated Community of The Ford Plantation. This 4 Bedroom 2.5 Bath Home is Handicap Accessible with Dual Masters on the Main Floor and Direct Access from Each Bedroom to the Expan

Richmond Hill

$1,065,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,850 Sqr Feet
Now being offered, The Foxley Village home at Silk Hope, the final phase of The Ford Plantation (53 homes). This location has exceptional features! It is the end home, so the area to the south of the home is all manicured green space; with wonderful Live Oak trees. From here you have the best view o

Richmond Hill

$1,048,000, 5 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,978 Sqr Feet
Welcome to your coastal estate. Moments from Savannah's Historic District are the gates of The Ford Plantation. Behind the gates you will find two well-appointed cottages nestled among centuries old oaks. The Ford Plantation indulges sporting properly. The Pete Dye Golf Course is only the beginning

Bloomingdale

$949,900, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 5,224 Sqr Feet
Lake living, private planes & a true paradise lifestyle are what Cypress Lakes gated fly-in community is all about! This stunning custom-built estate home just 20 minutes from Savannah, GA, overlooks a breathtaking 62-acre lake, gorgeous 20x40 gunite pool & jacuzzi. If you enjoy an active lifestyl

Richmond Hill

$849,500, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 4,235 Sqr Feet
IMPROVED PRICE! COASTAL GA PARADISE, 8.8 acre Estate with Custom Home, 3 Bay Building, Pond, Marsh, Views of River, Creek and Nature for Miles on End. Nestled off the beaten path, Gated and moss draped, Live Oak Lined Entrance. WOW factor with custom designed, three levels with a View from Every Roo

Richmond Hill

$824,900, 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 3,234 Sqr Feet
Paradise Awaits!!! Deep Water Front & Back!!! Fish Tales Restaurant, Marina & Fort McAllister just across the river in front of this amazing property. Paradise found in this outstanding Deep-Water home just inside the gated Point at Cape Hardwick. Watch the sun rise from the huge front porch direct

Springfield

$799,999, 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,622 Sqr Feet
This home and acreage has so many possibilities. Property is being sold with adjoining parcels for a total of 30+- high and dry acres. Several acres are cleared and have irrigation served by a brand new well. Combine that with the barn and other buildings (with electric) & you have the perfect pla

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

Guyton

$779,900, 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 full 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

$775,000, 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,172 Sqr Feet
Stunning marina home located in the Ford Plantation. Sweeping water views of the Ogeechee River and Lake Clara. Walk to the marina, or take a walk on the 250 year old dike that is just steps away. Inside the home you will find a beautifully appointed living room and wet bar with gorgeous mahogany

Richmond Hill

$750,000, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,844 Sqr Feet
This low country home is located within The Ford Plantation. Come enjoy the indoor and outdoor living this home has to offer. From horses to the spa this community has it all! Furniture is negotiable!

Richmond Hill

$749,000, 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,810 Sqr Feet
This home was designed by noted Architect Gerald Cowart and built by the well respected builder Bill Grothier. Located at the end of a shady drive, this home invokes tranquility. The rear of the home looks out on Lake Dye and the Par 3 4th. hole of the golf course. A private dock provides for fish

Richmond Hill

$725,000, 7 Beds, 5 Baths, 6,591 Sqr Feet
Acreage in Richmond Hill with a main house and a guest cottage! 6 car garage as well! Fish from your fully stocked pond in the front. This home features new hardwoods, new kitchen with stainless steel appliances including a sub zero refrigerator, huge master on the main floor with a walk in close




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