The Ford Plantation
When Henry Ford wanted to build a winter home in the 1920s, he first put down roots in the city of Winter Park, Florida, which is about 4 hours from the Savannah area by car. He soon discovered that he was displeased by the ever-growing population in and around the Orlando area. With his sights set on Georgia, he eventually settled down in Richmond Hill, a small town just outside of Savannah. His appreciation for the area was so deep that he purchased 85,000 acres of land in the area, and eventually broke ground on his own stately manor.
Today, that large swath of land has become The Ford Plantation, an exclusive, gated community in the middle of Richmond Hill. The city has grown around it to become a community-driven city of about 12,000 residents.
The Ford Plantation features an impressive list of amenities including a deep water marina, a state of the art equestrian center, a Pete Dye-designed golf course, a shooting preserve, swimming pools, fitness centers, and a spa. Residents also have access to The Main House, a stately home built by Henry and Clara Ford themselves. The Main House serves as an impressive venue for weddings and other events, allowing guests to step back in time and bask in the glamour of the roaring twenties in Coastal Georgia.