The activities of the Archibald D. Murphey Chapter NSDAR promote patriotism, preserve American history, and ensure America’s future through better education for children. The chapter sponsors activities in each area of focus including the following:

Historic preservation:

  • Host a Family Bible Record Preservation Workshop at Hayesville Public Library
  • Support the National Society in preservation of NSDAR buildings
  • Participate in local historic programs and events
  • Donated a tree in historic Hayesville Square

Promoting patriotism:

  • Support U.S. veterans by presenting Quilts of Valor to veterans, delivering cards of thanks and Valentine’s cards to veterans in nursing homes, and maintaining veteran donation boxes in Murphy and Hayesville libraries
  • Participate in Murphy’s annual Fourth of July Parade, dressing in colonial costumes, and carrying the DAR banner
  • Honor public servants by delivering cookies to police and EMT personnel once a year
  • Collect canned goods for donation to local food banks


  • Celebrate Constitution Week by appearing in colonial dress in Hayesville Square and passing out copies of the Preamble to the Constitution.
  • Participate in Bells Across America on September 17 to honor the signing of the Constitution
  • Deliver educational material to elementary schools and appear in colonial dress in Robbinsville Elementary School
  • Organize DAR Good Citizens Essay Contest for high school seniors in six area high schools after which the winner presents their essay to the chapter and newspaper articles are published
  • Collect and deliver gifts to students at DAR’s Tamassee School and donate items to Tamassee’s thrift store
  • Decorate an American history themed bulletin board at Murphy Public Library

Quilt Photo

Photo Courtesy of Chapter Archives

DAR member Sandra Kiddoo Shoch presents a Quilt of Valor to veteran Gene Johnson.

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