J. F. Gregory Park, located at 521 Cedar Street in Richmond Hill, Georgia, is a 335-acre multi-use recreational area; home to the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, the Richmond Hill City Center and Veterans Monument. The park is ideal for picnics, birding, hiking, fishing, or gatherings for small meetings or big events. Attractions include a 10-acre lake, a 3-mile walking trail and birding tower. Wildlife inhabit the area and may be spotted while walking on the trail.
A great deal of history surrounds the park. In the nineteenth century, the park encompassed one of the many prosperous rice plantations along the Ogeechee River. The land was later owned by Henry Ford and is named for Ford’s plantation foreman, J. F. Gregory who’s former home is nearby. For more information about rice cultivation, Henry Ford and J. F. Gregory in Richmond Hill, visit the Richmond Hill History Museum, located at 11460 Ford Avenue.
J.F. Gregory Park – 521 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA 31324
There is NO on-site park parking. Look for “event parking” signs.
There is complimentary parking and shuttle service to the park. Complimentary shuttle buses will pick-up in each of the designated festival parking lots and shuttles will run throughout the festival hours.
GOSF Parking Lots (may be subject to change):
Richmond Hill Pre-K – 120 Constitution Way
Richmond Hill Primary School – 471 Frances Meeks Way
Richmond Hill Elementary School – 473 Frances Meeks Way
Goodwill/Goody’s – 9701 Ford Avenue (Hwy 144)
First Baptist Church (overflow parking) – 9184 Ford Avenue
If you have a government issued handicapped sticker/tag police officers will direct you to handicap parking areas. Handicap parking is limited and is available on a first-come, first serve basis and fills-up quickly so plan accordingly.
Do not park in non-festival designated lots during the festival – you may be towed.
- No Pets
- No Coolers
- No Video/Audio Recording – anyone caught in possession of such equipment will be excluded from the park and all recording/camera devices will be confiscated
- No Guns or Weapons
- Police dogs are in use for the protection of festival goers and vendors. They are friendly, however, will alert on drug contraband, munitions or explosives
- All vehicles, cargo, bags, boxes, totes, purses, etc. are subject to search
Anyone who fails to abide by festival rules and regulations may result in expulsion from the festival