Georgia Historical Commission

There are a large number of these plaques.

John Wesley, 1703-1791 Founder of Methodism On the "trust lot" south of President Street and immediately west of this square stood in 1736-'37 the parsonage in which John Wesley resided. In the adjoining garden he read, prayed and meditated. Weekly meetings of members of his Christ Church congregation were held in the small wooden dwelling. According to Wesley, "The first rise of Methodism was in 1729, when four of us met together at Oxford. The second was at Savannah in 1736 when twenty or thirty persons met at my house." The monument here was dedicated in 1969. Wesley is depicted at the period of his Georgia ministry, wearing his Church of England vestments. The sculptor, Marshall Daugherty, says of this rendering: "The moment is as he looks up from his Bible toward his congregation, about the speak and stretching out his right hand in love, invitation and exhortation. In contrast, the hand holding the Bible is intense and powerful - the point of contact with the Almighty..."

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John Wesley (1703-1791) On February 6, 1736, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, landed at Peeper (now Cockspur) Island near here and there preached to his fellow voyagers his first sermon on American soil. A monument has been erected on Cockspur Island to commemorate the event. Sent to Georgia by the Trustees as missionary, Wesley was the third minister of the Established Church in the colony. He preached in the scattered settlements of Georgia, journeying thither by boat and over Indian trails. Wesley returned to England in 1737 after differences with his parishioners. "I shook off the dust of my feet and left Georgia," he wrote, "having preached the Gospel there (not as I ought, but as I was able) one year and nearly nine months."

Fort Pulaski national monument, Savannah, GA, United States