Richmond Hill Museum

Ford Avenue
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Virtual Tour of Richmond Hill Museum

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Richmond Hill Museum: Outside

The Richmond Hill Historical Society Museum and Welcome Center, formerly a 1930s kindergarten built by auto magnate Henry Ford, offers visitors several rooms of local artifacts dating back to prehistoric days. Highlights include Civil War memorabilia, the Henry Ford room, a parlor, general store and so much more.

Use the navigation buttons below to have a "look around" and then click the flashing arrow on the door to step inside.

Richmond Hill Museum: Lobby

As you scroll through the lobby, you will notice areas that you can click on with your mouse to view a larger image and details about a particular item.

Richmond Hill Museum: School

Enter the schoolroom and learn about Henry Ford effort to improve education opportunities for residents. Read how he built a school for African Americans and named it after his friend George Washington Carver, known for his experimentation with peanuts. Local news articles covering the dedication are posted in this room, as well as, high school diplomas from graduates who lived in the area when it was known as Ways Station.

Richmond Hill Museum: Parlor

The parlor, reminiscent of the 1900s, displays items that were truly prized possessions for many working class families of the era. The parlor was the most formal room of the house because it was the most visible.

Richmond Hill Museum: Country Store

Small communities typically had a general store where you could buy almost anything you needed. Clothes, food, hardware, farming supplies and medicine were just a few of the items you could purchase at a general store.

Richmond Hill Museum: Ford Room

Henry Ford truly made his mark on Richmond Hill, having purchased an estimated 80,000 acres east of Highway 17 to the coast. After building his plantation home, he began rebuilding the community by putting people to work, providing educational opportunities for children and adults, building clinics, chapels and even a community house. He also set up laboratories to experiment with soy beans and other items for use in automobile manufacturing, as well as began restoration efforts on the Civil War Ft. McAllister. His interests were primarily in experimentation, business and humanitarian efforts.