The Ford Plantation has been developed with a distinct vision from all other residential communities. The vision encompasses a desire that the architecture of the community draws from the southern vernacular so that each residence is a version of a southern retreat complete with manor-style amenities to complement a contemporary lifestyle.

As a result, distinct settings naturally lend themselves to distinctive neighborhoods throughout The Ford Plantation. These settings include the Main House Park, Cherry Hill Village, McAllister Point, Silk Hope Plantation, Silk Hope Harbour at the marina and the country-style setting of the large-lot, single-family areas.

McAllister Point

Named in honor of nearby Fort McAllister, this neighborhood occupies the spectacularly scenic eastern end of The Ford Plantation. It possesses one of the Plantation’s most enviable features, magnolia trees that once graced a rice planter’s home and views of Sterling Creek and the surrounding rice fields. Twenty-four homesites have been designed for free-standing Charleston-style garden homes, which will include multi-storied porches or piazzas from which to enjoy the superb views, that will surround a tree-shaded commons, evoking Savannah’s public squares and Charleston’s Battery Park.

Cherry Hill Village

Perhaps the most famous feature of the Plantation before the arrival of Henry Ford was the Oak Alley, a double row of sentinel live oaks. Planted in the 1750’s, Oak Alley now graces the approach and frames The Ford Plantation Clubhouse and is the crown jewel of Cherry Hill Village. The neighborhood plan is reminiscent of the small towns that gave plantation society a central gathering place and sense of community. Located in the heart of The Ford Plantation, it offers a lifestyle of convenience with the Lake Dye Grill and Sports Complex, the Golf Clubhouse, and Marina within walking distance. Cherry Hill Village contains mostly cottages of one-and-a-half and two stories, generally less than 3,000 square feet. With a design emphasis on the Lowcountry vernacular, these free-standing residences feature comfortable porches and relaxed interior plans.

Silk Hope Plantation

On land granted in the 1750’s by the Crown of England, a Charleston merchant and patriot of the American Revolution named Thomas Savage made Silk Hope one of the leading rice plantations on the Ogeechee River. In 1864, Union forces marched on the plantation, but the property survived mostly intact to be purchased by Henry Ford in 1925. Still standing are live oaks that are among the largest and oldest trees on the Plantation. This neighborhood is being transformed with a new vision by a number of member-developers with a new, vibrant plan envisioned by Christian Sottile, Bobby McAlpine, and Chris Tippett. Free-standing village homes will be available during 2019.

Silk Hope Harbour

The marina that was home to Henry Ford’s beloved cruiser, Little Lulu, is now a deep-water yacht basin that is known as “The Marina” to the residents of The Plantation. Silk Hope Harbour is modeled after coastal villages that were once the centers of small-town life on the eastern seaboard. Rows of clapboard cottages with two-story porches and room enough for carriage houses overlook the yacht basin and Ogeechee River with easy access to boating and fishing. Along Lake Clara is Captain’s Walk, with houses that will be reminiscent of those built by indigo and cotton merchants and seaman.

Main House Park

The Main House stands majestically on the bluff above the Ogeechee River, and the grounds around it are indicative of grand estate. Throughout the remainder of The Ford Plantation are estate homesites ranging from one to more than ten acres in both forested and pastoral settings. Many of these sites have either golf and/or water views. These homesites accommodate primary residences of up to 6,000 square feet in a variety of designs indigenous to the area, often including additional structures such as a carriage house or guest house.

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