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This Month in Georgia History

May 14, 2012

George Whitefield arrived in Savannah on May 7, 1738. Whitefield was furnished with a 500 acre land grant 10 miles south of the Savannah settlement. Following his arrival, Whitfield established the Bethesda Orphanage for boys on his land. In March of 1740, construction began on the orphanage’s buildings.

The property struggled to survive due to high operating costs and the death of George Whitefield in 1770. In 1773, a fire destroyed the original home on the property. After numerous changes to the administration, the Bethesda Home for Boys, a boy’s school, was established on the property. The school continues to operate on the property, and in 2011 officially changed its name to Bethesda Academy.

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