On Labor Day, September 7, 2015, the Georgia Salzburger Society will host hundreds (maybe thousands) attending the annual Heritage Day in Ebenezer, Georgia, celebrating the 281st anniversary of their ancestors landing in Georgia.
Ebenezer is near Rincon, Georgia, a 30 minute drive northwest from downtown Savannah on Georgia Highway 21. Descendants and the public are invited.
Our Historic Savannah Inn's Connection to Salzburger Heritage
Twenty-eight miles upriver from the high bluff along the Savannah River where the colony of Georgia was founded in Savannah (circa 1733), 150 exiled German Protestants -- peasant farmers from Salzburg in Europe -- chose to make their home on another high river bluff in the Georgia frontier.
Year around, Zeigler House Inn (ca. 1856) invites heritage travelers and Salzburger descendants to book their lodging here, the beautifully restored home of a Salzburger pioneer in America, Solomon Zeigler.Zeigler House Inn's original owner, an ambitious Solomon Zeigler, reportedly in his mid-thirties at the time, moved from his family's deeply religious Salzburger community of Ebenezer to Savannah. Over time Solomon built a thriving lumber business with offices on Smet's Wharf, near the old Ogeechee Canal along the Savannah River. A prominent citizen and lumber merchant, Mr. Zeigler gained in wealth and business affluence.
Innkeeper Jackie Heinz reports that "The old gentleman returns to Zeigler House Inn periodically. Mr. Zeigler was among the city's leading decision makers who counseled together, choosing to surrender Savannah (circa December 1864) to Union General William T. Sherman during the Civil War. Savannah's architecture is here today, spared from the ravages of General Sherman's famous March to the Sea because Savannah was not burned to the ground, as was the fate of Atlanta."