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In Their Own Words

April 04, 1734

Building of Ebenezer Begun

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 recorded the beginnings of the building of their settlement at Ebenezer:

“…I stay’d at Ebenezer, and could not but commend the Diligence and Industry of the nine Saltzburgers, who were come before, and whose Labour God had given a Blessing unto. They had erected two good Tents, made of the Barks of Trees, one of which was 40 Foot long; and had cut down abundance of Trees, in order to breathe a free Air: and besides all that, they were obliged in the greatest Heats, almost every Day, to walk to Abercorn, which is 12 Miles; and to carry their Utensils and daily Provision, upon their Backs. After this, God was pleased, to shew us a more convenient Road than the other, by which we avoided one of the greatest Brooks.”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 51.