Just 20 minutes from Historic Downtown Savannah with convenient access to I-95, Richmond Hill is one of the fastest growing communities in Georgia. This historic city is a small-town answer to the hustle and bustle and sprawl of nearby Savannah. The schools are the highest rated in the area, many recreation facilities are nearby, housing is abundant and affordable, and crime and taxes are low, making Richmond Hill a great place to raise children. Ready for continued growth and opportunity while keeping community and people important, Richmond Hill is the best of both worlds.

With a population just over 10,000, Richmond Hill is best known as the winter residence of the automotive pioneer Henry Ford during the 1930s and 1940s. Nearby Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield give the city a large military presence, but other industries are also represented. A wide array of shopping and dining establishments are available in town as well as in Savannah, and Savannah boasts one of the largest historic districts in the nation. In addition to all of this, the beaches of Tybee Island are only 30 minutes away.

We've packed as much information about Richmond Hill as we can find below. If you want to know more drop us a line and we'll tell you whatever you want to know!

 

 

 

With all this growth it's easy to forget that people have lived around here for a long time. In pre-colonial days several Indian tribes called this area home. The English settled here and built forts to provide a defense against Spanish invasions from Florida.  We were one of the thirteen original colonies and were also one of the last towns that General Sherman captured during his Civil War March to the Sea.

The history of the area goes back to the earliest days of the Georgia colony, when General James Oglethorpe built Fort Argyle near the juncture of the Ogeechee and Canoochee rivers. The legalization of slavery in 1750 and the availability of agricultural bottomland near the Ogeechee River led to rapid settlement in lower St. Philip Parish (Bryan Neck) before the American Revolution (1775-83).

Richmond Hill has a historical connection to industrialist Henry Ford. Ford used the town, formerly known as Ways Station, as a winter home and philanthropic social experiment, building the complex known as the Ford Farms along the Ogeechee River in the 1930s. After just one visit he chose this area as his winter home.  After his death 1947, most of land was purchaced by ITT Rayonier (a timber company) of the State of Georgia.

Richmond Hill was incorporated in 1962. At that time it was a very small community and relatively unknown. There was no need for a full time police department. Law enforcement was provided by one Bryan County Sheriff's Department deputy.

 

If you're on this page, you're probably moving here or coming to visit or very new to the area. if that's the case, you might be looking for a place to stay while you look for a house or visit. There are ten hotels located within one minute of I-95, three minutes of the Richmond Hill city center, 22 minutes from Fort Stewart and about 25 minutes from Hunter Army Airfield. Amenities and pet friendliness vary by hotel.

 

Until you get settled, you'll probably be eating out a lot.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, we like to eat here and you'll find a great variety of chain and locally owned restaurants.  Outside of Richmond Hill, there are also a myriad of restuarants in the Savannah area.  To get you started, we've provided a map of places to eat locally.

First Christian Academy is a ministry of First Baptist Church. They serve children age one through fifth grade.  Tuition is the most affordable in the area for private schools. The school uses the ABEKA curriculum starting at age two.

Bryan County School District serves Richmond Hill and currently has five public schools. The schools are for people between the ages of 5-21 (21 in cases of challenged high-school students). The schools are:

Richmond Hill Primary School (RHPS)
Richmond Hill Elementary School (RHES)
Dr. George Washington Carver Upper Elementary School (GWC)
Richmond Hill Middle School (RHMS)
Richmond Hill High School (RHHS)
(Bryan County Schools Main Site)

The city is currently expanding its schools due to a large spike in population throughout the last ten years. Two new elementary and middle schools have just been built. Richmond Hill is expected to grow exponentially in the next few years.  Moving to a new school is always hard. The children and students at our church are ready to connect with your kids, so let's connect!

There are several colleges and Universities in Savannah. These schools offer traditional as well as non-traditional education options.

Armstrong Atlantic State University
A fully accredited 4 year university plus graduate degree offerings.

Savannah State University
The oldest University in Savannah, fully accredited offering both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD)
The university for creative careers offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. SCAD offers both traditional and non-traditional education programs.

South University
An extension campus in Savannah offering undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees. South University features a school of pharmacy in Savannah.

Savannah Technical College
Savannah Tech offers associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs. Savannah Tech has satellite campuses across the Savannah area including one at Fort Stewart.

Richmond Hill has a municipal water system (City Water).  

Georgia Power provides the majority of service in the Richmond Hill area followed by Coastal Electric Cooperative.

Garbage and recycling are provided by Waste Management Services.

Find all the info you need about local utillities.

Fair

78°F

Fair

Humidity: 45%

Wind: 12 mph

The weather in Richmond Hill is typical of most southern coastal cities. The winters are cool but not cold with few days ever dropping to or below freezing. Snowfall is an extreme rarity. Summers are hot and humid, perfect for our signature drink of sweet iced tea. 

If you are from the South you'll be used to the humidity and outdoor activity.  If you are from the North it will take awhile to get used to what it feels like outside.  Some compare the most humid days to wearing a wet blanket.  But don't worry, you'll get used to it.  We have the same problem when we encounter wintery weather.  Our blood isn't as thick as yours is!

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 84
(29)
86
(30)
94
(34)
95
(35)
101
(38)
104
(40)
105
(41)
104
(40)
102
(39)
97
(36)
89
(32)
83
(28)
105
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 60.4
(15.8)
64.3
(17.9)
70.9
(21.6)
77.6
(25.3)
84.6
(29.2)
89.9
(32.2)
92.4
(33.6)
90.6
(32.6)
86.0
(30)
78.4
(25.8)
70.6
(21.4)
62.5
(16.9)
77.4
(25.2)
Average low °F (°C) 38.6
(3.7)
41.7
(5.4)
47.6
(8.7)
53.6
(12)
62.1
(16.7)
69.8
(21)
72.8
(22.7)
72.4
(22.4)
67.8
(19.9)
57.5
(14.2)
47.9
(8.8)
40.8
(4.9)
56.1
(13.4)
Record low °F (°C) 3
(−16)
8
(−13)
20
(−7)
28
(−2)
39
(4)
49
(9)
61
(16)
57
(14)
43
(6)
28
(−2)
15
(−9)
9
(−13)
3
(−16)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.69
(93.7)
2.79
(70.9)
3.73
(94.7)
3.07
(78)
2.98
(75.7)
5.94
(150.9)
5.59
(142)
6.56
(166.6)
4.58
(116.3)
3.68
(93.5)
2.37
(60.2)
2.95
(74.9)
47.94
(1,217.7)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.0 8.1 7.7 6.8 7.0 11.9 12.3 13.5 9.6 7.0 6.8 8.4 108.1
Mean monthly sunshine hours 176.7 183.6 232.5 276.0 288.3 276.0 272.8 244.9 213.0 229.4 192.0 173.6 2,758.8
Source: Wikipedia

Area Radar

 

Airports
Savannah/Hilton Head International is a smaller airport providing regional service to larger hubs such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Newark and Chicago.

The closest international ariport with larger carriers is Jacksonville International Airport in Jacksonville Florida, it is the closest airport Southwest Airlines services.

Trains
There is an AMTRAK terminal located in downtown Savannah.

Buses
There is a Greyhound Bus terminal located in downtown Savannah.

Traffic in our area is not as bad as other metropolitan areas but there are times where you will want to plan a little extra time into your trip.  If you live along HWY 144, you will want to plan exra time or an alternate route if you need to cross the highway after 6:45AM - 8AM.  Savannah traffic is generally backed up between 7-9AM and 5-7PM on Highway 204, the I 95/ I 16 interchange, I 516 as it turns into DeRenne Ave and along the entirety of Abercorn Ave.

Current Richmond Hill Traffic

Current Savannah Traffic

Current Hinesville/Fort Stewart Traffic

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Sunday  
Worship Service  9:00 am
Sunday School 10:10 am
Worship Service 11:15 am
   
Wednesday  
Wednesday Night Supper (Aug-May) 5:15 pm
Bible Study 6:30 pm
FBCRH Student Ministry 6:30 pm
Children's Ministry 6:30 pm
   
Week Nights  
Life Group Bible Studies Various
   
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