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Richmond Hill landmarks make travel magazine
Henry Ford barber shop
Henry Ford's barbershop is one of two Richmond Hill landmarks featured in the latest Georgia Travel Guide. - photo by Photo provided.

Two Richmond Hill landmarks are recognized in the latest issue of the state’s official tourism guide, Georgia Travel Guide, according to a press release from the City of Richmond Hill. 

Fort McAllister Marina is featured as the coast’s top “Get the Shot, Amazing Local Photo Op,” and the barbershop was named the coast’s “Secret Landmark.”

“Our Richmond Hill community knows how special this place is, but it is an honor to be recognized by the state,” said Christy Sherman, executive director of the Richmond Hill Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We want to increase tourism and being featured in the state’s official tourism guide is a step in the right direction, so we could not be happier about that.”

According to the release, in 1938 Henry Ford walked into 29-year-old Bailey Carpenter’s barbershop requesting a haircut and a shave. He was so satisfied with the results that he paid Carpenter more than he charged and then offered to relocate the barbershop closer for his convenience with rent free of charge. Ford fixed up the place with all new accessories and received haircuts from Carpenter every week. The barbershop is now located on the grounds of the Richmond Hill History Museum.

Fort McAllister Marina has been in Richmond Hill for 30 years and was renovated in 2008. It has the largest fixed boat hoist in the state of Georgia and has award-winning restaurant, Fish Tales, located right next to it.

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