Historic Markers Across Georgia

John Wesley (1703—1791)

Marker ID: GHM 025-63
Location: Located in the parking lot near the visitor center of Fort Pulaski National Monument, off U.S. 80 east of Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 01.448    W 080° 53.547
  32.02413333    -80.89245
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMCKJ
John Wesley (1703—1791) Marker  


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.´

GHM 025-63 Georgia historical Commission 1958