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In Their Own Words

May 01, 1740

Bethesda Construction Noted

In his journal, William Stephens described the ongoing construction of the Bethesda Orphan House:

“…I stopped at the Orphan-House, which I found carrying on with a great Number of Hands for various Uses, at an unknown Expence; but undoubtedly it must be proportionable to the grand Appearance it already makes, by the two Wings that are now carried up and covered, intended for several Offices: The Body of the Dwelling-House, which is hitherto carried up with substantial Brick-Work for Cellars, &c. to a certain Height, a little above the Surface of the Land, will be very large, and disposed into such Apartments as are, or shall be judged proper, each fronting Angle whereof is to have a Communication with the Offices in the before-mentioned Wings, whether by a Colonade, after the Manner of Buckingham House, or not, I have not learnt. … “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 564.