Hey there! I’m Christy Sherman, Executive Director of the Richmond Hill Convention and Visitors Bureau. I’m so happy you found my new blog Just Around The Bend. “What bend,” you might ask? Well, I’m talking about the Seven-Mile Bend in Richmond Hill, Georgia. Our city is just south of Savannah on the Great Ogeechee River, the 4th largest in our state. For as long as time itself, people around these parts have been talking about this unusual hairpin turn in the river. Journals dating back to the 1700s make reference to “the Elbow of the Great Ogeechee.”
Some of us even noticed that the Seven-Mile Bend conveniently resembles the letter “R” and helped City of Richmond Hill create a new logo in 2014. Can you see the bend?
The enclosed part of the “R” in the bend was once a Guale Indian village. The wreckage of a Civil War blockade runner, the CSS Nashville, aka the Rattlesnake, lies beneath the black water. The actual bend was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972! You can only see the bend by boat but historical markers and artifacts found in the area can be viewed at nearby Fort McAllister State Historic Park Museum and on the Coastal Bryan Heritage Trail. And, the Fish Tales restaurant at the Fort McAllister Marina offers some pretty incredible views.
Now that you’re up to speed on a small part of the history of our neck of the woods, hopefully you will join me in my journey to show you Richmond Hill, Savannah, and the Georgia coast. I’m here to tell you about all of the hidden treasures I’ve found just around the Bend.
“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself”. Laura Gilpin