About Virginia DAR

 
 

Who We Are

The Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (Virginia DAR) welcome you! We have 126 chapters and a combined total of over 9,600 members throughout our beautiful state. We are blessed to live in the home of many of our country’s Founding Fathers, and we celebrate our rich, historic heritage.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education. We’d love to have you join us!

 

What We Do

Our members engage in wonderful activities all around the state. We welcome new citizens at naturalization ceremonies, greet veterans at their Honor Flights, sponsor high school essay competitions, send care packages to servicewomen stationed abroad, raise funds for Native American schools, restore and help preserve historic locations, place markers to honor American Revolutionary War soldiers, visit museums and historic landmarks, and so much more! To see just a small sample, visit our photo gallery.

 

Historic Preservation

Kenmore House.  Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0.

Kenmore House. Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0.

Education

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.  Photo courtesy of York County Tourism.

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Photo courtesy of York County Tourism.

Patriotism

Greeting Honor Flights, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.  Photo courtesy of honorflightdca.com.

Greeting Honor Flights, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Photo courtesy of honorflightdca.com.

 

Established in 1891

Virginia state pin.

Virginia state pin.

Founded in 1891, Virginia DAR is a state organization within the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The work of the National Society is largely carried out by its nearly 3,000 chapters nationwide. Today there are over 185,000 current members and just under one million women have joined DAR since it was founded.

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State Officers

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2019 - 2022 Administration

State Regent: LeAnn Fetherolf Turbyfill
State Vice-Regent:
Laurie Parker Nesbitt
State Chaplain:
Katherine Jones McClelland
State Recording Secretary:
Mary Campbell Simons
State Corresponding Secretary:
Nancy Mahone Miller
State Organizing Secretary:
Courtenay Turner Stanley
State Treasurer:
Carol Hutto Vincent
State Registrar:
Jennifer Kuhlmann Inskeep
State Historian:
Nancy Alexander Simmons
State Librarian:
Hilary Ruth Clare
State (Appointed) Parliamentarian:
Linda Brown Jones
State Assistant Treasurer:
Susan Clark Wilvert

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Juniors

A Junior Member is a DAR member age 18 through 35 years (until her 36th birthday). She holds full DAR membership, and when qualified, may serve as an officer and chair at the national, state, and chapter levels.

Virginia Juniors are college students, career women, and stay-at-home moms. Juniors join DAR for a variety of reasons and have diverse interests. Working together for a common goal forges many friendships and offers endless opportunities for personal and professional growth. Virginia DAR supports Junior Membership by encouraging active participation within all levels of the organization.

Juniors are the future of DAR, and Virginia Daughters are proud of our Juniors!

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Scholarships

Listed below are the scholarships awarded by the Virginia DAR. No affiliation with the state or national societies is necessary to qualify for these scholarships. DAR members' children are also eligible to apply.

Click on the links for application information.

Virginia DAR Scholarship — All Majors

Four scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who plan to major in any field other than nursing. The winners MUST attend a Virginia college or university. Students applying to a Virginia community college transition program leading to a four-year degree and students who are home-schooled are also eligible to apply.

Virginia Nursing Scholarship

Two scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who will continue their education at an accredited Virginia school of nursing. Students applying to a Virginia community college transition program leading to a four-year degree and students who are home-schooled are also eligible to apply.

Click here for a Fact Sheet. A Cover Sheet and Financial Need form are also required. All forms are available from the links here, from local DAR chapters, or the State DAR Scholarship Chair. Some high school counselors may also have the forms.

All scholarship applications must be received by the State DAR Scholarship Chair not later than January 12.

For more information, contact the State Chair.

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Virginia Room

The DAR Museum’s period rooms have evolved much over the past century. Many of the period rooms today occupy spaces in Memorial Continental Hall that were once the administrative offices of the National Society before the Administration Building was built.

 
Photo courtesy of NSDAR.

Photo courtesy of NSDAR.

President General’s Dining Room 1912

The Virginia Room has always been furnished as a dining room. The furniture consisted of reproductions made out of mahogany. The carved marble state seal over the fireplace is now hung in the hall outside the room.

 
This room is sponsored by Virginia DAR.  Photo courtesy of NSDAR.

This room is sponsored by Virginia DAR. Photo courtesy of NSDAR.

Current Virginia Room
1810s Dining Room in Virginia

A Summer Meal

Don’t be late for dinner! If you pull up a chair at this family dinner, you’d expect to sit down sometime between 2:00 and 4:00 pm for the biggest meal of the day. You are joining this wealthy family for a casual summertime meal. You can tell the season because of the kind of food on the table. Before refrigerators and airplanes to store and carry food, most of what you ate had to be fresh and local. Here you can enjoy a small beef roast stuffed with onions, pan-fried perch, asparagus, stewed sweet potatoes, and a fruit pie.

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To Be A Virginian either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one’s Mother’s side, is an Introduction to any State in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign Country, and a Benediction from Above.
— Anonymous