Patrick Henry Chapter DAR




Patrick Henry Chapter

Martinsville, Virginia

established 1905



Chapter History

     In June of 1779, Patrick Henry and his family arrived in Leatherwood in Henry County, Virginia. He represented Henry County in the House of Delegates, where he served numerous terms and later became Virginia's first governor. On January 1, 1785, Henry was given a Commonwealth Grant for 2,125 acres of land in Henry County.  The thirteen women who met and organized the Patrick Henry Chapter, DAR on June 15, 1905, were aware of the rich heritage in Martinsville and Henry County. They agreed unanimously to name the chapter "Patrick Henry" because of his many ties with the state and the area. 

     In 1922, the Patrick Henry Chapter erected a monument on land that was once Patrick Henry's farm. That portion of the land was deeded to the Virginia DAR. In 1976, a historical marker denoting the former homeland of Patrick Henry was placed on U. S. 58 East by the Highway Department at a cost of $475 which chapter members raised. 

     Each year the chapter gives a scholarship to a student at Patrick Henry Community College.  Chapter members strive to perpetuate the goals of DAR, "God, Home, and Country" in remembrance of this illustrious patriot for whom our chapter was named.



 Chapter Officers


From left to right:

Benita Lackey, Chaplain; VonMarie Goddard, Corresponding Secretary; Janet Fentress, Treasurer; Marcia Bauserman, Regent; Deloris Broyles, Pres Gen Report; Brenda Hundley, DAR Service for Veterans; Joan Frith, Vice-Regent 


Regent                                              Marcia Bauserman

Vice Regent                                      Joan Frith


Chaplain                                            Benita Lackey


Recording Secretary                       Pamela Caudill


Corresponding Secretary              Von Marie Goddard


Treasurer                                          Janet Fentress


Registrar                                           Anne Copeland


Historian                                          Sarah Robertson


Librarian                                            Avis Turner 





PROGRAM                                  2018 – 2019                   GREETERS                            


September 12, 2018                                                             Patriotic

Joan Frith:  Constitution Week                                          Sarah Robertson

Marcia Bauserman & Von Marie Goddard:                          Janet Fentress

Report from Continental Congress


October 10, 2018                                                                  Educational

Beverly Woody                                                                   Janet Fentress

Program:  National Day of Service  (DAR Schools)          


November 14, 2018                                                                Patriotic

Marcia Bauserman                                                             Deloris Broyles

Program:  Wreaths Across America                                                                                              

Guest Speaker:  Arlene Cundiff                                                      


December 8, 2018 Christmas Luncheon                                Historical

Program: President & Mrs. Wilson Reenactors                    Joan Frith

Guest Speakers:  Edith Bolling Wilson Museum                  Marcia Bauserman

                                                                                         Von Marie Goddard


January 9, 2019                                                                    Historical

Janet Fentress                                                                    Deloris Broyles

Program:  The Liberty Bell


February 13, 2019                                                                Educational

Beth Cahill                                                                         Janet Fentress

Program:  The Brother Gardeners


March 13, 2019                                                                     Historical

Program:  History of the American Flags                           Helen Hensley

Guest Speaker:  Eric Monday


April 10, 2019                                                                       Educational

Von Marie Goddard                                                           Carolyn Beale

Program:  “My own Private Benjamin”                              


May 8, 2019                                                                           Patriotic

Pam Caudill                                                                       Benita Lackey

Program:  The Adams Family                                             


June 14, 2019   Flag Day 




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