Author Karen Chase to speak in person!
In July 1776, independence for the American colonies was by no stretch of the imagination a sure thing. Framers of the Declaration of Independence needed signatures from seven additional "movers and shakers." Karen Chase's Carrying Independence tells the story of the brave young man who acquired those signatures - and how he did it.
Join us on March 23 at Westminster Church to hear author Karen Chase in person!
Welcome to the William Byrd Chapter
The William Byrd Chapter, named for Colonel William Byrd II, was founded in 1917. For more than one hundred years, the William Byrd Chapter has been involved in projects that support veterans, that teach children about our country's rich history, and that help preserve historical sites - all so that future generations can understand and appreciate and cherish our country. Founded just as the United States entered World War I, members worked to support the war effort by caring for war orphans and collecting war supplies In 1928, the chapter became the caretakers of the Madison Cemetery at Montpelier and later placed a bronze plaque on the cemetery wall on the 100th anniversary of Madison's death. During World War II, members' efforts included sending more seed packages to the War Services Gardens Overseas than any other chapter in the United States. Flourishing and remaining strong for decades, the chapter moved into the twenty-first century with the same zeal and enthusiasm that motivated its founders. Members continued their service to veterans, sponsored patriotic organizations for school children, and contributed to the John Marshall House by placing a bench in the garden, to name only a few of the many projects in which the chapter participated. William Byrd continues to march forward in service to our country.
Women's History Month
In observance of Women's History Month we are highlighting the national organization's initiative, E Pluribus Unum, which is an effort to recognize heretofore unidentified Revolutionary patriots of African and native American descent, and also women whose roles have gone unnoticed. Click here for President General Denise Doring VanBuren's blog on the initiative.
A Very Special Thank You
If you've ever wondered about the impact of a DAR project then CLICK HERE. What you read will touch your heart!
William Byrd Wins State Awards
The Junior American Citizens first and second place awards, in the "short story" category were awarded to entries from William Byrd. Congratulations to our talented writers!
A GIRL won the Revolutionary War?!
It's true! Susanna Bolling, a young Virginia girl, risked her life to convey vital information that very likely changed the entire course of the war. Author Libby McNamee presented a fascinating account of how she became interested in Susanna's story and how she came to write Susanna's Ride: The Girl Who Won The Revolutionary War. Click here for more information.
A SNIPPET FROM OUR HISTORY
Did you know that DAR actively supports conservation of natural resources and encourages chapters to get involved in local conservation efforts? Our William Byrd Chapter has produced award winning programs in efforts to save the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Rivers!
Site last updated: March 4, 2021
Web hyperlinks to non-DAR sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, the state organizations, or individual DAR chapters.