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Sipping Salzburger lemonade on Labor Day at Ebenezer

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 in History

The Georgia Salzburgers will celebrate their history at the Heritage Day Festival on Labor Day, Sept. 1, where their ancestors built their homes on the Savannah River near Rincon. Two-hundred eighty years ago, they built their place of worship, Jerusalem Lutheran Church. The Heritage Day schedule opens at 9:30 a.m. with demonstrations, booths and crafts on the grounds. The Jerusalem Lutheran Church members and Georgia Salzburger Society members are working together to make this festival possible. An organ concert begins at 10:30 a.m. in Jerusalem Lutheran Church featuring period music by Trellene Metzger. The Georgia Salzburger Society will host their annual meeting at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Mueller-Bahlke, director of the Francke Foundation in Halle, Germany. He heads the organization that provided assistance and pastors for our Salzburgers beginning in 1773. Files of the foundation...

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Discovering the lost Bethany Cemetery

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in History

The Bethany Cemetery was once a major burial ground. That was during colonial times when Bethany was an active and vigorous farming community with a church and a school. At the church β€” located about five miles north of New Ebenezer β€” was the community’s burial ground. Grave markers, believed to have been of the old wooden style, no longer existed by the 20th century; and by that time, the old historic burial ground was mostly forgotten. However, there was new interest in the location of Bethany Cemetery when in 1986 an old pencil-drawn map of Bethany fell from a book that had been owned by the Rev. S.S. Rahn (1845 -1911). The map was discovered by Pastor Rahn’s granddaughter, Alice Rahn Loest, of Jacksonville, Fla. Pastor Rahn, a native of Effingham County, apparently was the map maker. Of...

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