New River Valley Chapter Presents Certificate of Appreciation to Director of Historic Smithfield Plantation
The New River Valley Chapter held its February 25, 2018 meeting at Historic Smithfield Plantation (home of Col. William Preston) in Blacksburg, VA. The Director, April Danner, gave a program on the friendship and trials of Col. William Preston and Col. William Fleming. The Chapter awarded Ms. Danner and the Smithfield-Preston Foundation a Certificate of Appreciation for the informative program and hosting our meeting. (Submitted by Terry Blevins)
24 Feb 2018 Oak Grove, VA
Today over 150 people gathered at Ingleside Winery in Oak Grove, VA to celebrate the 252 Anniversary of the Leedstown Resolutions. President Pat Kelly led the Virginia SAR delegation which included seven chapters: Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, James Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, Richmond, and Thomas Jefferson. The Color Guard included six Virginia SAR Color Guardsmen from three chapters, augmented by three members of the C.A.R. and three members of the Yorktown Fife & Drum.
23 Feb 2018 Museum of Culpeper History
This evening Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Vice President Charles Jameson gave a talk on "Forgotten Patriots" at the Museum of Culpeper History in Culpeper, VA. About 40 people gathered in the museum to hear the talk and engaged in a lively question and answer period, Compatriot Jameson explained the factors that motivated free and enslaved Blacks, and Native Americans, to support, or fight against the colonists fighting for their independence, giving several examples. You can download a copy of Compatriot Jameson's talk with the link below.
The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter also established a temporary exhibit in the museum on the Forgotten Patriots of the American Revolution that will be available to museum visitors for the next month.
Harley Stewart, Steve McGuffin, and President Bill Greaf of the Williamsburg Chapter Sons of the American Revolution ringing the Bell for Freedom at First Baptist Church on February 22, 2018. This historic church in Williamsburg was originally founded by American slaves in the early days of the Revolutionary War when they met in secret for worship services. Community members are invited to ring the Bell for Freedom every February in commemoration of Black History Month.