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In Their Own Words

March 27, 1734

Weather Changes Experienced

Baron Georg Philipp Friedrich von Reck was one of the leaders of the Salzburgers who emigrated to Georgia in the colonial period, and he kept a journal of their voyage and settlement. On this day he experienced changes in Georgia weather while trying to reach their settlement site:

“…Mr. Jones, who is a Surveyor, and I, went away this Night in a small Boat, for Abercorn, in order to go from thence to seek and clear the River Ebenezer. It thunder’d and lighten’d; and the Wind being very contrary and strong, we could go up no higher than Musgrove’s Land; where we lay under the canopy of Heaven, upon the bare Ground, having made a good Fire to warm our benumbed Limbs; for tho’ it be hot here in the Day-time, yet it is cold in the Night.”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 50.