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Ebenezer – Home of the Salzburg Lutherans

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A striking whethered gray memorial stone in Emmet Park pays tribute to a group of Lutherans from Salzburg who came to Georgia to escape religious persecution. Oglethorpe welcomed them with open arms, and suggested they settle a town along a river, about 25 miles north of the new colony’s capital. And Ebenzer was born.

Salzburger Ghost Town

Although we knew nothing about Ebenezer other than the text on the memorial, we decided to stop there during a recent day trip. Ebenezer is difficult to find, barely on the map, and we kind of doubted we’d find anything there. A “Dead End” sign greeted us as we turned onto Ebenezer Road; not very encouraging, but we discovered some signs of life at its end.

Stepping out of the car, we were swept into the arms of Ebenezer’s welcoming committee. An older man greeted us and led us around what’s left: a museum dedicated to the Salzburg Lutherans, the Jerusalem Salzburg Church built in 1769 and still in remarkable condition, and an original cabin filled with colonial artifacts of German and Austrian design.

Ebenezer doesn’t really exist anymore. But at its inception, the Lutheran community had been immediately successful. The town served briefly as the capital of Georgia, and was the home of a state governor. But the war with the British devastated Ebenezer, and it never recovered. In 1855, it was abandoned for good and the remaining residents were incorporated into the nearby city of Rincon.

This history was fascinating, as was seeing the original cabin and stepping inside the ancient church. We had a great time talking to our guide, his son, and another man who’s lived and worshiped there his whole life. Before Juergen had said more than two words, they had him pegged as German, making him flush and me laugh. We spent probably an hour chatting with them, and only reluctantly said goodbye to get back on the road home.

Super nice people, and our visit to Ebenezer was a lot more fun than we had figured it would be. On the way back into Savannah, I reflected on how diverse and interesting our country really is. An abandoned, historic town in the middle of the Georgia backwoods, founded by persecuted Austrians. Crazy.

Official Website: Georgia Salzburger Society

Location on our Day Trip Map

Ebenezer Swan Salzburger
Salzburger GA Church
Ebenezer Window
Wet Bricks
Ebenezer Bench
Salzburger Ebenezer
Ebenezer Open Air Church
Sugar Cane
Sugar Cane Press
Salzburger Tools
German Water Well
Ebenezer Ghost Town
German Nachttop
German Waffle Iron
German Sewing Machine
Ebenezer Curtain
German Machine
German Tools
German High Tech
German Ant Trap
Ebenezer Fragrance
Ebenezer Couple Picture
Salzburger Coins
Old Ebenezer Clock

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January 24, 2011 at 7:04 pm
  • January 25, 2011 at 5:27 amSandy Traub

    The Beehive Foundation published a book of illustrations, circa 1736, highlighting life encountered by Ebenezer settlers. Google “National Humanities Center – Ebenezer Journals of P. G. F. von Reck and Rev. J. M. Bolzius, 1734, excerpts.” to find a few amazing illustrations by Frederick von Reck. [problem posting hyperlink]

  • January 25, 2011 at 6:36 amGil

    The natural beauty of Ebenezer Creek is remarkable. A slow moving blackwater stream, it is habitat for 1,000 year old cypress trees. It is beautiful place to paddle a boat or canoe. There are areas along its banks sprouting cypress knees taller than a man.

  • January 13, 2012 at 6:25 pmIsabella Davis

    Heavens Guys!!! I didnt know about this article until I by ACCIDENT came across your post about The Schnitzel Shack here in Rincon! That’s where I live(Rincon) although to make things easier for people to understand I just say I’m from Savannah!Everyone knows where that is! I live about 6 miles from Ebenezer .I also found it strange to finally settle in a place after all the years of moving that was settled by Austrians and have a street named Weisenbaker(my maiden name was Weissenbacher) and I’m a first generation transplant here from Rosenheim!.It certainly is a small world my friends! I am presently posting a few images of historic Savannah check them out under” Glasskunstler”Again many thanks for the entertainment and world travels,always enjoyed and never boring!All the best, IsaBella

  • December 7, 2013 at 12:01 pmJoachim

    Adventsgruß 2013 aus der Haimat der ostpreußischen Salzburger an die Salzburger in USA Viele Grüße Joachim

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