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Art, Culture and Heritage

Bryan County is located conveniently from anywhere on the southeast Georgia coast, making it rich in cultural opportunity.

The cultural diversity of Savannah abounds through organizations and events that gratify all ages and ethnic groups, where a major focus has been the preservation of the South’s native and Colonial culture, as well as Antebellum buildings and structures. Historic downtown Savannah allows us to look through the lens of history to a genteel life that is long gone.

The art community offers the public a chance to interact with artists on many occasions. Amateur theatre and dance companies host dramas and comedies throughout the year, many with open auditions. Museums with extensive collections regularly host major attractions, but feel free to wander through their daily exhibits and enjoy discovering, exploring and learning.

Indoors to outdoors, an array of cultural amenities surrounds Bryan County residents. Unique weekend educational and cultural trips include Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding Trail, Fort McAllister Historic State Park, Fort Pulaski near Tybee Island and Fort Morris where one can experience nearby Seabrook Village, a living history museum. Minutes away in the colonial town of Midway, day-trippers will enjoy visiting the Midway Church (whose members include Dr. Lyman Hall and Button Gwinnett, signers of the Declaration of Independence), the Midway Museum, Sunbury Cemetery and a self-guided tour of Midway Cemetery, which dates back to 1754. While there, be sure you visit The Midway Gallery for art and jewelry made by local artisans.

Discover the coastal barrier island history by taking a ferry to Cumberland Island National Seashore. Here you may easily spot the peregrine falcon during fall migration or visit the historic structures and ruins of Plum Orchard Mansion and Dungeness Mansion – and finish with a tour of the Ice House History Museum.

Our cultural background often evolves from our spiritual life, and this is especially true in the South. Special gifts to the cultural history of the area are the churches that have been designated national historic landmarks, some still active today. One of the oldest churches in the area is the Old Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church, a small white clapboard structure in the shade of a massive live oak. Visit the Burnt Church Cemetery and find the graves of the McAllister family who lived in Strathy Hall.

To glimpse the storied past of Bryan County, especially the Henry Ford era, stop by the Richmond Hill Historical Society Museum, which is housed in the old Ford kindergarten building.

Just as one’s personality reflects a life lived, so does the personality of a community. Bryan County’s personality reflects a life that has been lived to the fullest, and the depth of its cultural offerings and heritage is a wondrous reminder.

ANNUAL EVENTS Richmond Hill plays host to several seasonal festivals, including the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, which is always held the 3rd Thursday in October, and will celebrate its 13th year in 2011. Other events include:

Chamber Annual Meeting & Dinner — January

WBA Hometown Expo — February

Rotary Club of Richmond Hill Annual Fundraiser — February

Annual Easter Extravaganza — April

Georgia Cities Week — April

Relay for Life — April

Memorial Day Program — May

Chamber Golf Tournament — June

Ole’ Time Fashion Family Festival — July

July Fourth Celebration — July

Labor Day Program at Fort McAllister — September

Annual Pumpkin Patch — October

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival 3rd Weekend in — October

Candle Lantern Tour at Fort McAllister — October

Veterans Day Observance — November

Annual Methodist BBQ — November

Annual Hometown Christmas Parade — December

Christmas Stroll — December

Christmas on the Ogeechee Boat Parade — December

Winter Muster, Battle and Candle Lantern Tour — December

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