Our dynamic chapter is one of 3,000 chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (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.
National Society DAR
The National Society DAR 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 DAR WEBSITE
Our chapter is also part of the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (Virginia DAR) that has 130 chapters in seven 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.
Virginia DAR WEBSITE
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.
Web hyperlinks to non-DAR sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, the state organizations, or individual DAR chapters.
Many thanks to
Monticello Avenue, a community
information network in Charlottesville, Virginia, that hosts non-profit
organization websites for free, including ours.
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.
Contact the Albemarle Chapter WEBMASTER
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.
Albemarle Chapter Founded in 1892
During 2017, Albemarle Chapter DAR celebrated its 125th anniversary as the second oldest DAR chapter in Virginia! Our official start date was 19 February 1892, following the organization of the national society in October 1890. What had begun as an effort for women to join the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) organization - only to be denied - became the rallying call for women to estabish their own national patriotic society.
Eighteen women - and four SAR men acting as advisors - attended the first organizing meeting. For more than a year, meetings were held at the home of one of the founding members (above). The first DAR Continental Congress (below) was captured by renowned photographer of the day, Mathew Brady, just days after the founding of Albemarle Chapter in 1892. Since its founding, DAR has admitted more than 950,000 members.