The Roberds Dairy

April 1, 2010

On the eastside of Savannah, adjacent to Bonaventure Cemetery, is the site of one of Savannah’s great old dairies, situated on what I’m told is the largest privately-owned tract of land remaining in Chatham County.

The Roberds Dairy was actually in operation until the 1980s, most unusual for local dairies. (Our own Morekis Dairy on the southside, for instance, ceased operation in the mid-1960s).

The land remains in the family and they have generously granted a sort of informal easement for local dog owners to walk their pets. There’s even a Facebook site dedicated to it, here.

As you can see in these pics, there is still a lot of dairy equipment on site:

And of course there are some gorgeous Live Oaks as well. This parcel of land has seen a lot of flood control development in the past, which has altered its natural habitat, but thankfully there has been none of the rampant residential development we’ve seen in much of Chatham County. Let’s hope it can stay that way.

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