Welcome to DAR Albemarle Chapter Website

Our dynamic chapter is one of 3,000 chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), known popularly as DAR. We are excited to share our passion for American history, patriotism and learning with each other and with you! Our regular meetings are scheduled in and around Albemarle County, Virginia, and we hold and attend special events throughout the year. Our members volunteer hundreds of hours every year, and we sponsor schools, scholarships, historic places and markers, veterans, and a variety of other activities, events and people. Our service supports the national DAR motto, "God, Home, and Country" as well as our objectives for:

    Historic Preservation - monuments, sites and properties, historical markers

    Education - scholarships, schools support, essay contests, literacy programs

    Patriotism - veterans, naturalization and citizenship, our patriot ancestors

Founded in 1892, our chapter is named for Albemarle County, Virginia, that was formed in 1744 and named in honor of William Anne Keppel, second Earl of Albemarle and Governor of the Colony. Charlottesville, the county seat of Albemarle, was created in 1762 and named after Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III.

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National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

The NSDAR was founded October 11, 1890, and incorporated in 1896 by an Act of Congress. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., 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 for children.

DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in our local communities, including supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and supporting schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars. Almost a million women have joined DAR since its founding.

As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR enjoys 185,000 members across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older -regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background - who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution - is eligible for MEMBERSHIP.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution WEBSITE


Virginia DAR

Our chapter is also part of the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (Virginia DAR) that has 126 chapters in nine districts with about 9,000 members across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Among many other activities, Virginia DAR supports four historically significant properties with ties to the American Revolution: Kenmore, Stratford Hall, Woodlawn Plantation, and Yorktown Custom House.



The early Fry-Jefferson Map of the Royal Colony of Virginia was created in 1752 through a collaboration between mapmaker and surveyor Joshua Fry, and Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson. It is considered a landmark map that was unusually based on first-hand surveys that correctly depicted the Blue Ridge Mountains, colonial roads, and important plantations. The DAR Museum owns an example that originally belonged to the French navy, was printed in London in 1775, and portrays the sale of tobacco, Virginia's cash crop at the time. This image is from the Library of Congress.


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Many thanks to Monticello Avenue, a community information network in Charlottesville, Virginia, that hosts non-profit organization websites for free, including ours.

We are grateful to photographer Leonard Phillips for allowing the use of his beautiful aerial photograph of Monticello.



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Black and Native American Patriots

In 2001, NSDAR published Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War, an 874-page document that is available as a free PDF download on the DAR website. The second edition of Forgotten Patriots (2008) identifies more than 6,600 names of Black Americans and American Indians who contributed to American Independence. The book contains details of the documented service of the listed Patriots, historical commentary on happenings of the time, an assortment of illustrations, and an extensive bibliography of research sources related to the topic. Since the mid-1980s the DAR has supported this project to identify Black Americans, Native Americans, and individuals of mixed race who were patriots of the American Revolution, expanding their recognition beyond soldiers.

The exact number of Virginia blacks who fought in the Revolution cannot be determined, but there is reason to believe that five hundred free blacks participated, with a smaller number of slaves. In 2007, the DAR posthumously honored Mary Hemings Bell, a slave of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello in Albemarle County, Virginia, as a "Patriot of the Revolution". Since Hemings Bell has been honored as a Patriot, all of her female descendants qualify for membership in the DAR.



DAR Celebrates Spirit of America

The beautifully designed, award-winning AMERICAN SPIRIT magazine shares the National Society’s love of American history, preservation and genealogy with readers around the world. Each issue celebrates our uniquely American story through a selection of historical subjects from the colonial period through the early decades of the new republic. American Spirit’s combination of compelling, informative feature articles and recurring departments devoted to Revolutionary patriots, historic homes, heritage travel, the DAR Museum collection and more is designed to appeal to the diverse interests of our 45,000-plus subscribers.

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