The land that is now Red Gate Farms has a long, rich history in Savannah. If the centuries-old oak trees could speak, they would tell you about the Indians, 18th century colonists, civil war soldiers, and more that crossed the land before Red Gate Farms’ conception as a dairy farm, and later as Savannah’s Premier Event Venue, RV Resort, and Equestrian Center.
During the American Civil War, the land that is now Red Gate Farms served as an encampment for Confederate soldiers. Later in the war, the land became occupied by Union soldiers after William T. Sherman’s March to the Sea. Many Confederate and Union artifacts have been recovered on Red Gate Farms.
Years later, the Spanish-American War began, and a powder magazine used to house ammunition was built on land adjacent to what would become Red Gate Farms, and the magazine keeper’s house was built on the land. Today, you can still see what is left of the gunpowder magazine off Ogeechee Road, and the keeper’s house still stands on Red Gate Farms.
Fulfilling a Dream
In 1931, Harry Martin, a direct descendant of a Scottish Highlander who later became the governor of the Georgia colony, and his wife, Mamie, bought 440 acres of land and converted it into a Jersey cow farm. They named their farmlands “Red Gate Farms” in honor of a relative, Cyrus Steadwell, who was killed in France during World War I. Cyrus had always mentioned that he wanted to own a farm one day and name it “Red Gate”. Harry Martin was considered a folk hero for leading many fights to lower milk prices. His constant campaigning eventually led to fair milk prices for everyone.
Although the 140 Jersey cows, chickens, and other farm animals no longer wander the land, the Martins instilled a strong work ethic in their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and more than 90 years later, they still run Red Gate Farms as the stunning event venue it is today.
Making Memories Last
With its charming, historic ambiance, Red Gate Farms has become Savannah’s premier venue for not only weddings, but also corporate, private, and nonprofit events.
Throughout Red Gate Farms’ vast property, you will come across perfectly manicured paddocks, centuries-old oak trees, glistening ponds, and other stunning aspects that make up Savannah’s countryside. Blended seamlessly into the natural landscape are three distinct venues that hold extraordinary events, including the traditional Barn, restored Grainery, and Southern-style Belle Tower.
Although you will feel like you are miles away from city life and tucked into your own private escape in the countryside, Red Gate Farms is located less than 10 minutes from downtown Savannah. In this historic, coastal city, you will find an abundance of restaurants, shops, historical sites, and museums that line Savannah’s cobblestone streets and are waiting to be explored by you and your guests.