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© MICHELLE LYNN MORRIS PHOTOGRAPHY
© MICHELLE LYNN MORRIS PHOTOGRAPHY
Above clockwise : Original mixer Ford donated in the 1940s . Ira Womble Sr . and Jr . at the Georgia Fruitcake Company using the table formerly used at the Richmond Hill Bakery . Ira Womble Sr . at the Richmond Hill Bakery . Original bakery table returned to Richmond Hill and restored .

IF YOU ’ RE FAMILIAR WITH OUR LINEAGE , YOU KNOW RICHMOND HILL WASN ’ T ALWAYS CALLED RICHMOND HILL . Until May of 1941 , we were Ways Station , named after William J . Way , the first station master and local rice planter of property through which the Savannah , Albany , & Gulf Railroad passed . And while “ Ways Station ” gave way to Henry Ford ’ s Richmond Hill , this pretty little stretch of Coastal Georgia will always be a way station — a stopping place on one ’ s journey . Our town stopped Ford on his journey to Cuba as he sailed down the Ogeechee and , despite the unrelenting hold of economic upheaval , it looked a lot like home . He would eventually own upwards of 85,000 acres and , with his newfound residency , he restored Ways Station . Now , more than eight decades later , Richmond Hill is paying back the favor by restoring a piece of Ford ’ s history critical to our namesake .

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