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Also known as Ebenezer or New Ebenezer, Jerusalem Lutheran Church is the oldest public building and the oldest church in Georgia. It is also the oldest Lutheran church in use in the United States.
In 1779, British forces captured Ebenezer and during this time the church was used as a hospital and stable. After the British were driven out, the Georgia Legislature met here on 3-4 July 1782.
Many thanks are due Reverend John Barichivich for inviting me into this holy and beautiful space, and for taking time out of his day to share some of its fascinating history. If you ever find yourself in the area, please pay him a visit.
Johann Martin Boltzius (Bolzius) served as pastor of the Salzburger Lutheran congregation at New Ebenezer from 1734 until 1765.