On the Road: Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill in Bryan County is the fastest-growing city in Georgia, and it's right in our neighborhood. It's not your typical city. It's located right off the intersection of two main highways, and you could pass right by it if you're not paying attention.

"It's certainly not a traditional small city," said Steve Scholar, the city's director planning and zoning. "There's no town square. We're on the old Ford Plantation, and the way it's developed, it's retained a lot of the historical integrity."

Founded by Henry Ford back in the '20s, one area of town used to be called the Weigh Station. Then in the early 1940s, Henry Ford officially changed the name of the city to Richmond Hill. In 1962, Richmond Hill finally became an incorporated city in the State of Georgia.

With a population of 10,000 and a few shopping centers, city officials say this small city is catching the attention of many families looking to raise their children within a good school system. "We have a lot of people moving to Bryan County and Richmond Hill because of the schools," said city administrator Michael Melton.

"We are issuing about 300 building permits a year, so we think that we're growing at a rate of 1,000 people per year," added Steve Scholar.

Richmond Hill is also catching the attention of businesses. "We probably get four to five calls a week asking questions about commercial expansion in the area, so it's a good place to be at the moment," said Scholar.

WTOC will be on the road from Richmond Hill all week long. We'll wrap everything up on Friday with live coverage from the Memorial Health-Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com