The Coast / Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill History Museum

11460 Ford Ave.
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

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The building in which the museum is housed was built in 1940 by Richmond Hill's most famous residents, automobile industrialist Henry Ford and his wife, Clara.  The building served as a kindergarten to local children. Today, we continue that tradition by teaching residents and visitors alike about the history of the little town of Ways Station, Georgia, now known as Richmond Hill. Like the Fords, generations have made their homes along the Great Ogeechee river and surrounding waterways. Our first residents, the Gualie Indians, created villages along its sandy shoreline. General James Oglethorpe built defenses on it earliest days of the Georgia colony. The proximity of the Ogeechee was the salient factor in rice evolving into the primary cash crop here in the 19th century.  African slaves worked the rice fields and helped build Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee which was known as the "Guardian of Savannah" during the Civil War.  Visitors to the museum can take a step back in time to learn about the people and places that have shaped the coastal community of Richmond Hill.

The Richmond Hill Historical Society provides funding for operating the museum through membership dues, donations, gift shop sales and sponsorships. Docents are available to answer questions about the area, lead tours of the building and coordinate the use of our research facilities. The Society also offers a monthly lecture series at the museum on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The Gift Shop has one of the most extensive collections of books on the history of our local area and other communities along the Georgia Coast.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Tuesday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Wednesday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Donations Accepted $0.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Free Admission

    Near Interstate Highway


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages