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In Their Own Words

April 10, 1822

New Ebenezer Description

New England lawyer Jeremiah Evarts wrote in his diary while visiting Georgia:

“Wednesday, April 10. Left Savannah 1/4 before 11 in my sulky, after having made many calls, written letters and transacted business. There is a little colony of Dutch or Germans at Ebenezer, 26 miles from Savannah, on a pleasing emisence, 50 feet above the river. Here is a respectable looking church, the bricks of which it is built having been brought from Europe. The clergyman preaches in the language of the people every Sabbath and cannot preach in english. It is said that the younger members of the settlement cannot understand the language of their fathers, which fast going out of use.”

Source: Edward J. Cashin (ed.), A Wilderness Still the Cradle of Nature: Frontier Georgia (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1944), p. 64.