Chapter Information for
Colonel William Allen Chapter NSDAR
Our chapter meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, September through May.
Celebrating over 90 years of service to the community, Colonel William Allen Chapter, NSDAR, was organized in 1925 by Mrs. S.M. Russell in Smithfield, Virginia.
Behind the Name
In 1665, Arthur Allen built a brick house known as Bacon’s Castle in Surry, Virginia. It is the oldest documented brick dwelling in the United States and is noted as an extremely rare example of Jacobean architecture in the New World. Colonel William Allen is a descendant of Arthur Allen. William served as a colonel in the Revolutionary War and inherited “Claremont Manor” in Surry, said to be a replica of the royal residence at Claremont, England, the birthplace of Queen Victoria.
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