|Albemarle, North Carolina|
|National Society Daughters of the American Revolution|
The Yadkin River Patriots Chapter, Albemarle, North Carolina, was founded September 26, 1919. The chapter was given its name in honor of the early settlers of Stanly County who later became its revolutionary patriots and planted their homes up and down the courses of the Yadkin River. Thirty-five ladies met to organize a DAR chapter. Most of these ladies were descendants of patriots of Stanly and Montgomery Counties. In 1841 Stanly County was taken from Montgomery County and the Yadkin River was the dividing line.
At the 105th DAR State Conference our chapter was presented a large silver punch bowl for the highest percentage net gain in membership in North Carolina for 2004-2005.
The chapter has a project of identifying the Revolutionary soldiers who lived in the county or left descendants here, find where they are buried, and complete information about the soldiers and patriots who aided the war effort by providing services to the soldiers. We have identified 77 soldiers and have placed American flags on eight of their graves.
We co-hosted a workshop “Finding Our Ancestors” with the Stanly County Public Library, Stanly County Genealogical Society, and the Stanly County Historic Preservation Commission. We had a hands-on program on Genealogy on the Computer with emphasis on the DAR sites. After a very interesting program about “Spinning and Carding,” we each tried to use the spinning wheel. We had a program on Colson Skirmish-the only Revolutionary activity in our county.
The Yadkin River Patriots Chapter celebrated its 85th birthday with a luncheon at Spring Arbor. In October we honored our four DAR Good Citizens at a reception for them, their parents, and guidance counselors. They read their papers and were presented pins and certificates. We celebrated a Revolutionary tea party at the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum and toured the museum that was decorated for Christmas. Ladies wore Colonial attire with one lady wearing her family`s Stewart tartan plaid.
The top five outstanding American History Essays winners were honored at a George Washington tea with their parents and teachers.
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