Matt and I drove back over to Ebenezer Landing, It looked like there was some event going on at Jerusalem Lutheran Church. We parked out of the way and tried to look touristy with cameras, rather than the swamp rats we were.
Next to the church is the Salzburger Museum, commemorating the original Ebenezer settlers from Austria. Barbara Scott was on duty, and gave us a tour of the museum as well as a tour of a replica of one of the settlers’ houses.
Barbara was able to put us in touch with one of the church members, Robert Peavy, who was able to give us a tour of the interior of the church. Robert pointed out some of the historic features of the church, such as the way the bricks were laid out.
During the Revolutionary War the church’s interior was basically demolished and used as stables by the British. The interior has been remodeled and the organ is a fairly recent addition. I asked about a slave gallery, and Robert said that the Salzburgers didn’t have slaves and that feature would not have been a part of this church.
Robert also pointed out some of the exterior features, such as fingerprints in the handmade bricks and bullet holes from either the Revolutionary War or the Civil War.
We thanked Robert for his hospitality and headed over to the historic cemetery. The cemetery contains the graves of some of the original Salzburger families. I did find several signature stones, but these were from firms in Savannah. There were even some wooden headstones. Of course, these had deteriorated to the point that they were illegible.
It was another incredible day of paddling and history. I wish we had been able to do our original float plan, but Plan B worked out quite well. We tried to think of other options, but most of them involve a shuttle from the Georgia side to the South Carolina side, which would be incredibly long.
Paddling problems aside, it was great learning about the history of Ebenezer. I’d definitely recommend this trip.