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of The Ford Field and River Club and a true architectural treasure that serves as the heart and soul of the Club . The main living spaces are used for Club meetings , family reunions , and wine dinners . Many brides and grooms have tied the knot under John Harn ’ s central Live Oak promenade . Clara ’ s dining room is being enjoyed once again . The wallpaper has been replaced with a similar landscape reflective of Clara ’ s love of nature and the outdoors .

In 2017 , the Pete Dye designed golf course underwent a multi-million dollar restoration under Mr . Dye ’ s watchful eye . Ford ’ s yacht basin is an expanded , modern descendant of the original . Guided offshore fishing , a golf clubhouse , sporting clays , stocked lakes , canoeing and kayaking , an equestrian center , a fitness center , a full-service spa , three Har-Tru tennis courts , a second pool , and 10 miles of hiking trails have been added to the property .

Prior to development of The Ford Field and River Club , extensive archaeology was performed which uncovered layers of history . Native Americans , colonial planters , enslaved persons , Civil War soldiers , Henry Ford , and Ghaith Pharaon all left an indelible mark on this historic site .
In 2019 , we too are making history — everyday , using and re-using what has been built before our time . Will this be the last chapter of Richmond Hill Plantation ? Only time will tell .
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