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Whitefield Chapel

The National Society of Colonial Dames donated Whitefield Chapel to Bethesda in 1918. Construction was postponed due to World War I and was completed and dedicated in 1925.

The Whitefield Chapel is very much utilized, as Bethesda Academy holds weekly chapel services for its students during the school year and it is also a very popular wedding venue.

Welcome! The William H. Ford, Sr. Museum & Visitors Center at Bethesda Academy in Savannah, Georgia features 2,200 square feet of exhibition space devoted to Bethesda’s rich history. A leading Savannah museum, the Ford Museum attracts visitors from near and far, including a number of proud Bethesda alumni.

Visitors can enjoy interactive exhibits, photographs, videos, oral histories and artifacts that, together, tell the story of Bethesda’s past, present and future. The main exhibit hall offers insight into early Georgia history, chronicles the founding of Bethesda in 1740, details early life at Bethesda and traces founder George Whitefield’s enduring legacy. Learn how this iconic part of Georgia history has evolved from an orphanage into an innovative school for boys in grades 6 – 12. Discover why Bethesda’s impact is even more important today than ever.

Your visit matters! Museum proceeds help provide financial aid for students of Bethesda Academy.

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