What IS the William Byrd Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution?
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.
William Byrd 2023 Schedule
January 6: First Fantastic Field Trip Friday
Join chapter members Friday, January 6, 2023 at Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, at 1:00 p.m. for a tour of this 16th century abode transported to Richmond in the roaring 20's! We'll meet at the front entrance. Don't miss this opportunity for fun and fellowship with friends!
January 24: Can you pass the test for citizenship test?!
Join us for our regular chapter meeting at 10:30. We'll test your knowledge that will indicate whether or not you would be able to become a new US citizen. You may be surprised at what you learn!
February 3: Virginia Museum of History and Culture Field trip
Our February Field trip will be a guided tour of "The Story of Virginia." We'll meet at 10:30 at the entrance, 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.
February 18: George Washington Birthday Luncheon
Our February event is the district wide celebration of the birthday of our country's first president. This takes the place of our regular February meeting, and will take place at noon on SATURDAY, February 18 at the Meadowbrook Country Club. Contact the regent or the treasurer for details regarding reservations.
Exciting things are on tap for 2023! The William Byrd's main focus is SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY, and that means both our local and far flung communities. Check out our "Chapter Info" tab for dates and other program information for 2023. We can't possibly put everything that we do into our website. You'll have to come and check us out - at a meeting, at a field trip, at a volunteer opportunity.
Hindman Settlement School Hit Hard by August Flooding
The Hindman Settlement School, since its founding in 1902 in eastern Kentucky, today offers educational and service programs that address the critical needs of youth and families while promoting the rich traditional arts of Appalachia. In early August, unprecedented flooding in the area left Hindman School and much of the area around it devastated. Three weeks after the flooding, drinking water was still unavailable. In September, our chapter collected over $400 in monetary donations to help with recovery efforts for the Hindman School community.
Why Have a DAY OF SERVICE?
- Because "Daughters of the American Revolution" is first of all a service organization...
- Because others have given, and continue to give, so much to each of us...
- Because it gives us a chance to show our love for our country and its citizens...
- Because it's the RIGHT THING TO DO! Stay posted for future opportunities to be of service. And bring your ideas to our meetings!
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!
A SNIPPET FROM OUR HISTORY
Did you know that the William Byrd Chapter, NSDAR was responsible, for over FIFTY years, for the care and upkeep of the Madison family cemetery at Montpelior, where James and Dolly Madison are buried!
Site last updated: SEPTEMBER 30th, 2022
Web hyperlinks to non-DAR sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, the state organizations, or individual DAR chapters.