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In Their Own Words

July 24, 1740

Stephens Noted Bethesda Construction

In his journal, William Stephens described the ongoing construction of Bethesda - the orphan house being built under the direction of George Whitefield:

“…We called in our Way at Bethesda (the Name given to that Place by Mr. Whitfield) next adjoin- ing to Bewlie, where I saw great Things done since I viewed it last: The principal House was a grand Edifice; the Design of the Apartments within I am not Master of; they were in such Forwardness, as to be ready for raising the Roof this Week; it is all well cellared under- neath; the Foundation Walls are of Brick, which rise several Foot higher than the Surface of the Land, and the Rooms of both lower and upper Story are of good Height: As we approach it, are six good handsome Edifices, three of each Side, for the following Purposes, viz. a Work-house for Women and Children, opposite an Infirmary of like Dimensions; next a Kitchen, opposite to it another of the same Size, for Washing, Brewing, &c. the other two I was not yet informed what Uses they were designed for. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 627.