Berkeley Plantation hosts DAR's 125th Anniversary Program

On Sunday, October 11, Berkeley Plantation, Charles City County, hosted the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's 125th Anniversary program. Each of the 3,000+ chapters around the world celebrated the Society's anniversary with a National Day of Service. The Williamsburg Chapter selected Berkeley as their project. Visitors were treated to a re-enactment of the Founders breaking the news of Mrs. Harrison being named NSDAR's first President General on October 11, 1890. Berkeley Plantation is the ancestral home of the first President General's husband, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of these United States. Visitors had the opportunity to participate in a genealogy look-up service offered that day by Aurelia Michaels, chapter registrar and Carolyn Gaertner, recording secretary and Historic Preservation chair. Several people were surprised to find a possible candidate for DAR membership. Donations and other contributions have been collected throughout the year so that the Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR, can landscape and restore Berkeley's cemetery.

Pictured: front row: On the steps of Berkeley Plantation: Miss Desha, aka, Leslie Skinner; President General Carolyn Lavinia Scott Harrison, aka, KJ Proctor; Carolyn Gaertner, Historic Preservation chair; back row: Miss Eugenia Washington, aka Elizabeth Greaf and Mrs. Walworth, aka, Barbara Rooney.

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