1. The “R” in the City’s Logo. Have you noticed that several brands, including the City of Richmond Hill’s, have a distinctive icon that looks like the letter “R”? This icon is actually indicative of the Seven Mile Bend, one of the many interesting and special places on our list of historical markers. See page 62 for an aerial view of the bend and a little about the story.
2. Gnats. Some call them no-see-ums, some call them sand gnats, either way, they are tiny and pesky and most aggravating at the ballpark. NoNatz (bug spray) and inscense work great to keep them at bay.
3. Roundabouts. There are several in town. As long as one actually yields, they are quite effective and have improved our traffic situation quite a bit.
4. Road Construction. If you have just arrived, you’ve missed the bulk of the construction process. The orange cone corridor is almost complete and the end of the project is in sight. Doesn’t it look great?
5. Cherokee Roses. Although they are not indigenous to our area, they are indeed the State flower. Blooming in late Spring, they symbolize the soon-to-arrive summer heat.
6. Love Bugs. They come and go twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall, typically only hanging around for a few weeks at a time.
7. Ford. Ford Avenue is named for Mr. Henry Ford.The auto magnate was also drawn in by the Southern charm of Richmond Hill, making it his winter home all those years ago.
8. Seasonal Change. There isn’t much in terms of temperature fluctuation. Cool, warm, hot and blazing are the four seasons here, but it makes for ample opportunities to enjoy the beautiful great outdoors.
9. Horse Flies. The theory is they only visit from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Not too long, so we don’t give them a lot of thought.
10. Sandbars Move. Every single year, the relentless back and forth motion of our tidal rivers causes a shift in sandbar location. If you are a boater, be sure your depth finder is in good working order, or take your maiden voyage for the year at low tide to get a good look at the topography of this year’s riverbed.