The Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution is part of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). The SAR is a Revolutionary War lineage fraternity, which was organized in 1889 and was chartered by the US Congress in 1906 as a non-profit American heritage society. The goals of the SAR are historical, patriotic and educational. Its membership is open to any male adult of good character who is the lineal descendent of a Revolutionary War Patriot
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution offer similar membership to women and children.