This Day in Georgia History
March 10, 1734
Salzburgers Reach Savannah River
Salzburgers were persecuted German Protestants forced to flee their home in Salzburg, an independent church-state governed by a Catholic archbishop located in what today is Austria. Georgia’s Trustees had agreed to send a group of the Salzburgers to Georgia, and Baron Philipp Georg Friedrich von Reck personally escorted the first transport of Lutheran emigrants. On March 7, they had arrived in Charles Town, S.C., where they were met by James Oglethorpe. They sailed south on March 9 and reached the mouth of the Savannah River on March 10.