Historic Preservation

The Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR, supports an array of projects to help preserve our heritage, including:

  • Restoring and maintaining historical sites.

  • Locating, restoring, and marking Revolutionary War Patriot gravesites and headstones.

  • Organizing and contributing to major restorations, commemorations, and memorials.

  • Placing markers to memorialize people and events throughout American history.

  • Preserving genealogical records, artifacts, and historical documents and making these items available to the public at DAR Headquarters.

 

Presidential Portrait Restoration

The Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR, restored the portrait of President William Henry Harrison. It was returned to his birthplace, Berkeley Plantation, and hangs over the parlor fireplace.  A celebration was held on August 12, 2021, with the Virginia State Regent and National and State Historic Preservation Chairs in attendance.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION

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July 4th at Berkeley Plantation

On July 4 each year, the chapter hosts a wreath-laying ceremony in the Harrison Family Cemetery at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia. Berkeley Plantation was the home of Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  His son, William Henry Harrison, born at Berkeley, was the ninth President of the United States.

Donating Historical Documents

On June 18, 2021, the Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR, donated the DAR application of Ethel Howard Goodwin to the Bruton Parish Church Heritage Center.  Mrs. Goodwin was the wife of Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, the Rector of Bruton Parish Church who stimulated the generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to restore the colonial capital into what is now known as Colonial Williamsburg.  

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