Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 1769, New Ebenezer

historic jerusalem lutheran church oldest church in georgia photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

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. Amy Willis wrote: “What a piece of history! My fifth great- grandfather was married here in 1769! John Cutler Braddock and his bride Lucia Cook. Thanks for keeping this history alive! I can’t wait to visit the church myself one day!

historic jerusalem lutheran church sanctuary photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

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.

National Register of Historic Places


Filed under --EFFINGHAM COUNTY GA--, New Ebenezer GA

2 responses to “Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 1769, New Ebenezer

  1. Leon Calhoun

    Brian, The bricks for this church was hand made & on the back side of the church you can see several bricks with a childs hand print in the bricks.
    Leon Calhoun

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