Narrow Passage’s Braille Flag initiative began with our presentation of a framed Braille Flag containing the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States to VFW Post #2447 in Edinburg, Virginia. Braille Flags also come with the National Anthem or the Preamble to the Constitution on them and there are many places that would welcome such flags. Project of Narrow Passage Chapter, NSDAR. Photo: Kathy Rivers
Patriot George Jacob Helsley
Narrrow Passage Chapter NSDAR held a grave marking dedication for Revolutionary War Patriot George Jacob Helsley yesterday, October 6th, at Zion Lutheran Church in Edinburg, Virginia. Helsley was born in Frederick County, now Shenandoah County, in 1756, and attended this church. He served as a private in Captain Albright’s Company and Colonel Miles’ Rifle Regiment of Pennsylvania. Helsley died in Shenandoah County, Virginia, in 1833 and is buried in Helsley Cemetery #2. Reverend Katie Gosswein, Regent Susan Walls, First Vice Regent Nonna Good, Chaplain Faye Hartfield, and the VFW Massanutten Post 2447 participated in the dedication program. In addition, Nonna Good delivered a detailed biography of George Jacob Helsley. There were seven descendants of Private Helsley that attended as well as special guests Betty Wade, District VI Director; Linda Dinsmore, Honorary Chapter Regent Massanutten Chapter; Narrow Passage Chapter member Ann Hunter, Honorary State Regent, Past Historian General, NSDAR, Past Vice President, NSDAR. Many Narrow Passage members were working behind-the-scenes to make this an event that will be remembered fondly. Project of Narrow Passage Chapter, NSDAR. Photo: Kathy Rivers
Spirit of Loudoun
Grant Recipient, Patriotism Category: Loudoun Revolutionary War Memorial, Leesburg, Va. World-renowned artist Jay Carpenter captured the emotions of a father going to war with heartfelt realism and depth in his sculpture, “The Spirit of Loudoun,” created especially for the grounds at the Loudoun County Courthouse, in Leesburg, Va. The statue commemorates the sacrifices made by the patriots and citizens of the county, which ensure the freedoms enjoyed by all today. The memorial is unique in that it honors both the volunteer militiamen and the wives and children they left behind to work the farms. Project of the Ketoctin Chapter, NSDAR. Photo: Douglas Graham.
Wren-Darne Family Cemetery
In 2018 Freedom Hill Daughters installed and dedicated a marker for Colonel James Wren at the Wren-Darne Cemetery in Falls Church. Colonel Wren served in the Fairfax County Militia during the American Revolution, as a Commissioner and as a patriot who furnished supplies. Markers were also dedicated by chapters of the United States Daughters of 1812 and United Daughters of the Confederacy for additional Wren and Darne veterans.
The ceremony honored the memory and service of these veterans, and also celebrated the historic preservation efforts of the current cemetery owners who purchased the land and worked tirelessly to restore the cemetery, which dates to the 1700s. The ceremony was attended by members of lineage societies, service organizations, and the community, as well as many Wren and Darne descendants. Project of Freedom Hill Chapter, NSDAR Photo: Lauren Taylor
Claude Moore Hall
State Regent Judith Surber at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Montpelier's Claude Moore Hall Center for the Constitution. The 2016–2019 State Regent's Project was the underwriting of a conference room in Claude Moore Hall, Center for the Constitution at Montpelier, home of James Madison, at a cost of $200,000.
Million Pollinator Project
Virginia Daughters launched the Million Pollinator Project, April 21, 2017, at Stone Robinson School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chapter members taught lessons about pollinators, read stories and planted a garden with students. Project of Shadwell Chapter, NSDAR
Track Chairs for Veterans
Virginia Daughters raised funds for the purchase of specialized outdoor terrain wheelchairs and presented them to four disabled veterans in the spring of 2016. Project of Albemarle Chapter, NSDAR
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
Virginia Daughters contributed to the rebuilding of the farmhouse at Claude Moore Colonial Farm, the restoration of the William Watters Cemetery, and the marking of historic Langley Fork. Project of Freedom Hill Chapter, NSDAR
Patriot Enoch Furr
Virginia Daughters in Sterling, Virginia organized and funded a grave marking ceremony for Revolutionary War Patriot Enoch Furr. Project of Stone Bridge Chapter, NSDAR
Rev. William Maffitt
The Lewinsville Presbyterian Cemetery serves as the final resting place of the Reverend William Maffitt, who hosted James and Dolly Madison at Salona. Project of Freedom Hill Chapter, NSDAR Photo: Lauren Taylor