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Georgia Salzburger Society moved parsonage back to Ebenezer
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The Old Jerusalem Church parsonage is now the office of the Georgia Salzburger Society.

In 1995, the old Jerusalem Lutheran Church parsonage built in 1932 was moved from the Ebenezer Elementary School new school construction site. It was relocated to land of Jerusalem Lutheran Church by the Georgia Salzburger Society and sits adjacent to the Fail House and Georgia Salzburger Society Museum.  It became the office and Board Room for the society. It also houses some GSS exhibits including a funeral bier and mourning jewelry made of hair. 

Calvin Seckinger played a large role in relocating the building and working with the power company about the move. Calvin Seckinger and my father Arthur Exley spent many volunteer hours restoring and adapting the building to house the Georgia Salzburger Society office and meeting place. Norman Turner, Dallas Exley and others volunteered also at the site. Electricity was connected, restrooms were built, floors were refinished and the building was painted. Arthur Exley built a large table that is in the Board Room which was named The Calvin Seckinger Boardroom after his untimely death in 1999.  

An administrative assistant has regular part time weekly office hours in the old parsonage.  The 2000 members (about) of the society receive newsletters quarterly produced by the GSS.  Membership and other business is conducted here as well as board and committee meetings. 

The Landing Day meeting for the Georgia Salzburger Society will be held on Saturday March 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 2980 Ebenezer Road, Rincon, Georgia.  There will be a meet and greet at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon at 12 noon with “Good Rice Soup”, which was served to the Salzburgers upon landing in Georgia. Please make a reservation for the luncheon if you plan to attend by calling 912-754-7001 or email: 

Guest speaker for the day is local historian Norman V. Turner who will discuss the “Early Days at the Ebenezer Settlement.”  Following the business meeting and election of officers, around 3 p.m., a tour of Old Ebenezer will be led by guide Norman Turner. The site is located near the intersection of Log Landing Road and Georgia Highway 21 on lands of the family of the late Marion “Monk” Jaudon, the late keeper of the site.

This was written by Susan Exley from Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos or historical information to share contact her at 912-754-6681 or email