Patrick Henry Chapter, NSDAR



Patrick Henry Chapter, NSDAR

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 



Vice Regent                                      




Recording Secretary                       


Corresponding Secretary              


Treasurer                                          Janet Fentress




Historian                                          Sarah Robertson


Librarian                                            Avis Turner 



Vietnam Veterans receiving commemorative pins from past Regent, Marcia Bauserman, DAR member, Julia Minter, and current Regent, VonMarie Goddard. 


Joan Frith presenting DAR scholarship to PHCC student. 


State Regent, LeAnn Turbyfill during our 2019 Christmas Luncheon.  

 This photo was taken at the 2018 Christmas luncheon, hosted by the Patrick Henry National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Seated in front is Vice-Regent Beverly Belcher Woody with longest serving member Mrs. Kathryn "Kitty" Sparrow. Standing, from the left is Homer "Kicker" Bauserman, DAR members Deloris Broyles, Cheri Foutz, DAR chaplain, Benita Lackey, Edith Bolling Wilson and President Woodrow Wilson (historical interpreters) former Regent Marcia Bauserman. Sadly, we lost members Kitty Sparrow and Benita Lackey in 2019. If anyone can identify the three ladies on the right, we would greatly appreciate it! 



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Last updated: January 1, 2020


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