The 2021-22 Guide to Richmond Hill, Georgia 2021-22 - Page 78
PLAY LIKE A LOCAL
THE WINTER ESTATE OF HENRY AND CLARA FORD
WRITTEN BY CHRISTY SHERMAN PHOTORAPHY BY CALLIE BEALE PHOTOGRAPHY , THE FORD FIELD AND RIVER CLUB , THE RICHMOND HILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND WORTH GAYLOR
Henry Ford once said that “ What we call waste is only surplus and surplus is only the starting point for new uses .” Perhaps this belief was instilled in Ford during his childhood as the son of a mid-western farmer during the late 1800s , when little was ever wasted . Ford later applied the principals of recycling to his personal life , manufacturing plants , and endeavors here in Richmond Hill . In the early 1920s , Ford began purchasing and restoring antebellum plantations in Ways Station ( now Richmond Hill ), some of which were situated on thousands of acres . Decades later , Henry Ford would find a new use for the abandoned rice fields — a place to experiment with rubber producing plants and other agricultural products for use in the automobile industry .
MRS . FORD ’ S DINING ROOM THE HERMITAGE PLANATION