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Washington Chapter, NSDAR
Washington, Iowa

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Welcome to Washington Chapter, NSDAR

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women's service organization. The Washington Chapter, NSDAR, was organized on November 13, 1906. The seventeen charter members included: Mrs. Lorie M. Rickey Cook, Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher Harwood, Miss Hallie Berdo, Mrs. Clelland White, Mrs. Martha Clarissa White Wilson and Dr. Ida Holson Bailey, who was elected as the first chapter regent.

The chapter celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006 with a banquet and a presentation with our State Regent, DiAnne Lerud-Chubb. Several of our ladies were 90 years of age or older and they add a wealth of information when we discussed our program, "Remembering Our History."

The June meeting is held in the Central Park with a Flag retirement ceremony. It has been widely attended as many people have had Flags that needed to be disposed of properly. The Boy Scouts have been instrumental in disposing of the Flags.

The log cabin was built in 1840 by Alexander Young in Washington County. His sons, Robert and Hueston Young, gave the cabin to the Washington Chapter, NSDAR, in 1912. On August 14, 1973, the cabin was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was marked by the chapter on June 2, 1974.

Since 1912, the DAR has also sponsored the log house/cabin located in Sunset Park in Washington, Iowa. The DAR members were instrumental in helping to move the log cabin from the southwest corner of the county to its present location. Many people have donated money and items for the cabin which help visitors to visualize how hard life was in the past. This year, the DAR will open the cabin by appointment for visitors and teachers who would like to bring their classes to see what life was like in earlier years.

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In 1938, the Washington Chapter, NSDAR, planted a ginkgo tree to honor George Washington and to beautify the city of Washington, Iowa.

Each Memorial Day, the DAR places more than 1,000 Flags on veterans' graves at the two local cemeteries. The Boy Scouts and local people help to set out the Flags each year. The American Legion is now helping with the purchase of the Flags.

Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Washington County

Timothy Brown was born on April/May 30, 1762, in New Jersey. He died on January 3, 1852, in Washington County, Iowa. He was originally buried in a pioneer farm cemetery known as Todd Cemetery. In 1903, his gravesite was discovered by the editor of the Washington Democrat. The editor recognized that Brown had been a Revolutionary War soldier, who had served for three years under General Washington. His body was then moved to Soldier Circle in Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington, Iowa, where re-interment services were held on October 19, 1903. In 1908, a monument, paid for by the Iowa State Legislature and local citizens, was dedicated in his honor. The Washington Chapter, NSDAR, is responsible for perpetual care.

Samuel Lewis was born in 1776 in Ireland or Maryland. He died on December 21, 1851, in Washington County, Iowa, and was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery at Brighton, in south Washington County. The Washington Chapter, NSDAR, added a boulder on his grave with an inscribed bronze plaque that read, "Samuel Lewis, Revolutionary War Soldier 1766-1851." This dedication was performed on June 14, 1957.

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Last Updated 14 November 2023
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