Once a small turn- of- the century railroad town, Rincon now thrives as a vital part of Effingham County’s economic growth and development and provides its residents with the kind of community they can be proud to call home. Just before the turn of the century, the city of Rincon sprang up around the miles and miles of railroad tracks making their way along the eastern seaboard through the sleepy countryside of rural Georgia. It had taken more than 150 years for residents to move beyond the original 1751 Salzburger New Ebenezer settlement along the Savannah River, but once the railroad came to town, a new city and a new era had arrived. Chief Engineer George Wadley named the newly founded city Rincon, which was Spanish for “little spot” or “corner.” Aptly named, Rincon began as just a small area in the county named for Lord Effingham, a former member of the House of Lords in England. Businesses soon began popping up, managed by area natives, and created to meet the needs of the railroad workers, followed by houses and various churches. Successful local businesses became the order of the day.
Echoing the line-and-grid street system of Savannah, Rincon systematically marched its way along the tracks and settled itself in an organized, orderly fashion. Serenaded by wistful train whistles and lulled to sleep by the steady clackety-clack of train cars on the rails, residents of the “little spot” of Rincon found a place they could call home.
As a fledgling city in the late 1920s, Rincon elected Frank Bowers as its first mayor. The new government disbanded in 1929 but reactivated in 1954 and reconstituted its city governmental structure. The population was around 500. Although it later grew to be the largest municipality in Effingham, Rincon’s hometown atmosphere revolved around locally-owned businesses, strong community and civic organizations, and family-focused activities. Life in Rincon continued at a slow and steady pace until the early 1980s. The city experienced a dynamic growth spurt with the arrival of large industrial and retail companies both within and just beyond Rincon’s city limits. Rincon had once again “arrived.” The City of Rincon now is home to more than 4,000 people and a wide array of small local businesses, large retail outlets, restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations. Although more commonly used by larger cities, the council-manager form of government allows Rincon to effectively administer the vast number of services it provides. Public services, infrastructure, and great potential for quality residential and business development abound in what began as a small stop along a turn-of-the-century railroad line. By focusing on the incorporation of both hometown traditions and progressive yet balanced growth, the City of Rincon makes its community more than just a great place to work and live. It makes Rincon a great place to call home.
Rincon’s small-town charm lends itself to southern comfort food along with today’s modern favorites.
Ms. Jeans Restaurant: Locals describe the menu as “fried chicken and soul food.” Serving southern cuisine in a family atmosphere. Ms. Jeans serves a taste of home where they still believe in cooking from scratch like grandma did.
108 Ale House: Serves as a local “watering hole” for the residents of Rincon. Enjoy great food which includes everything from southern favorites to burgers and wings. The atmosphere along with local beer on tap servers as a fantastic backdrop to watch your favorite sports team.
The Tin Fin Restaurant and Catering: Locally owned and operated serving fresh, coastal southern cuisine. The atmosphere is family-friendly with a menu that would make any surf and turf lover drool. During the hot summer months, the locals love to stop by for All you Can Eat Crab Legs on Tuesday!
The Rusty Pig: Bar-Ba-Q lovers unite! The Rusty Pig was developed to be a fast, casual dining experience for the entire family. The décor is an inviting place to enjoy lunch or dinner. The bar-ba-q concept also allows for tremendous potential for take home meals as well as catering. The recipes are from scratch with heart put into every dish.
Shopping and Attractions: Rincon residents enjoy locally owned and operated shops along with big box store favorites. Many residents take a 20-minute drive to the city of Pooler where the Tanger Outlets are located.
Lovetts Trading Post and Hardware: Carries top quality brands for heavy-duty workwear, as well as stylish casual wear. Everything from boots and shoes of all sizes for men, women, and kids. The hardware side of Lovetts has all your farm, gardening, and residential needs to make the outside of your home look great!
New Life Florist and Gifts: If you are looking for the perfect hostess gift or “welcome to the neighborhood” gift then this family-owned and operated business is it! Committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts.
The city of Rincon is booming with new family-friendly neighborhoods and great schools! Families are moving into the area for small-town feels, great home prices, and land to be developed into their dream properties.
Effingham County Schools: Rincon District
Elementary: Rincon Elementary, Blandford Elementary, Ebenezer Elementary
Middle: Ebenezer Middle School, and Effingham County Middle
High: South Effingham High, and Effingham County High
Distance to Tybee Island, Army Bases, and Downtown Savannah:
20 minutes to Pooler, Ga
30 minutes to Downtown Savannah
40 minutes to Hunter Army Airfield
40 minutes to Estill, SC
55 minutes to Fort Stewart
57 minutes to Tybee Island, Ga
60 minutes to Hilton Head Island, SC
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