Bruton Parish Church celebrates 300th anniversary With DAR

In Sunday, October 11, guests witnessed the combined commemorative program celebrating Bruton Parish Church's 300th Anniversary and the NSDAR's 125th anniversary. Joni Stevens was the MC and introduced Special guests: Eunice Cannon, state librarian, VADAR, Pam Meiring, State treasurer, VADAR and past regent, Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR; Edward Truslow, first vice president, VSSAR, Donald Swain, president, Williamsburg Chapter, SAR; Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Randall, Bruton Parish Church.

The program began with church historian Anne Conkling giving an Informative talk on the 300 year history of the church and the Celebration highlights during the past year. Ed Truslow gave remarks and congratulations from the Virginia Society, SAR. With the start of the Sons of the American Revolution in 1889, they decided not to let women join their Society. The following year, October 11, 1890. Four Women got together and decided to form their own patriotic society. "Were there not mothers and wives who contributed to the American Revolution?" During the reenactment, the Founders and the new President General made an appearance: Mrs. Benjamin Harrison first President General (Virginia Snyder Lee, regent) and the four founding members: Mrs. Lockwood (Sydney Riddle), Miss. Eugenia Washington (Sandy Reese), Miss Desha (Jane Stewart) and Mrs. Walworth (Linda Pearson). During the skit, four of the SAR advisors made an appearance: Mr. McDowell (Jack Lee) with other SAR members weighing in: Harley Stewart, Ron Losee and Joe Spruill.

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