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The Unity of the Brethren eventually lived in the town of Herrnhut, Germany.
Since many came from Moravia, their neighbors described them simply as "the Moravians." Moravians traced their roots to John Hus, martyred in 1415, 100 years before Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation.
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(United Brethren), were German-speaking Protestants. As followers of Jan Hus, a Bohemian heretic who was burned at the stake in 1415, the Moravians are acknowledged as the first Protestants, pre-dating the Lutherans by 100 years.Bethabara became the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina.It was the beginning of a series of Moravian settlements on the 100,000-acre tract that the Moravians had purchased on the Carolina frontier.It is recognized by the North Carolina Resource Commission as a WILD Education site.And so it goes: "We hold arrival Lovefeast here in Carolina Land, A company of Brethren true, A little pilgrim Band, Called by the Lord to be of those Who through the whole world go, To bear Him Witness everywhere, And naught by Jesus know." The verse celebrates the arrival of the Moravian settlers to this wilderness in Piedmont North Carolina.... It was composed and sung as the fifteen colonists prepared to settle into an abandoned cabin at the end of a six-week journey down the great wagon road.August Gotlieb Spangenberg, the Moravian Bishop in America, led the exploration to this area in 1752...about nine months before the first settlers arrived It was called Der Wachau, or creek along the meadow, after an estate in Austria that had been in Zinzendorf's family. The Church paid about 35 cents an acre for the Wachovia tract..area that now comprises most of Forsyth County.The church mission was to found a religious community where everyone contributed according to ability and took according to need, not unlike the cooperative communities of the early Christians.Bethabara ("House of Passage") was a center for religion, governance, trade, industry, culture, education, and the arts.The Moravians constructed over 75 buildings during the first 20 years of the settlement's existence." While we held our lovefeast, the wolves howled loudly, but all was well with us and our hearts were full of Thanksgiving to the Savior who had so graciously guided us and led us." Reverend Bernhard Adam Grube, first Moravian Minister in Bethabara, November 17, 1753.The spiritual journey for the Moravian brethren into the North Carolina wilderness began in 1722 when the religious reform leader Count Nicholas Louis Von Zinzendorf offered refuge on his state in the Saxony region of Germany to a group of religious dissidents from Moravia.