Chateau 1800 holds a wealth of history and heritage that has well endured for over three centuries. In the early 1730s, a group of Europeans called the Salzburgers were leaving religious persecution in Europe. They were granted passage to the new world by Lord Oglethorpe, founder of Savannah. Upon their arrival, Lord Oglethorpe gifted the Salzburgers with a grove of Silk Trees from the Savannah Trustees Garden, in exchange for silk that was to be sent back to the crown. The 10 families, along with their pastor, then embarked on a journey to their new home, settling in what would later be known as Effingham.
The families were originally given a plot of land near Chateau 1800. After a very rough start, and very harsh winters, they eventually established a thriving community, mastering animal husbandry, and farming the land where our property stands today. Though the families only produced 8 pounds of silk, it was still enough to send back to the queen for her to make a robe. Their descendants still live in the area, and each year they celebrate the anniversary of their ancestors’ arrival in 1734 with a festival on March 12th.
Our wedding venue offers a unique opportunity to connect with the past while celebrating your future. The artifacts and remnants of the Salzburgers’ time here can still be found today, a testament to their legacy and the enduring importance of this land. As you exchange your vows and dance the night away, you will be part of a living history, creating new memories on a land that has seen so much.