Chapter History


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Sunset on the Eastern Shore,  2005

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was organized in Onancock, Virginia, on March 6, 1907, with twenty-two charter members. Mrs. L. D. Teackle Quinby was organizing regent. Mrs. Quinby lived at Kerr Place, now the home of the Eastern Shore Historical Society, and the site of many of our chapter meetings, including the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary in 1982, the Ninetieth Birthday Gala in 1997, and the One-Hundredth Anniversary in 2007.

The chapter soon became active beyond the Eastern Shore and hosted the Virginia State Conference in Onancock in 1912. Money was raised through musical entertainments, card parties, a spelling bee, and other projects. The chapter continues to be active in the state organization.

Over the years, the chapter has continued to assist Accomack County and the local schools in preserving an appreciation for our brave ancestors who worked to make our country great. Our chapter has underwritten the restoration of many volumes of the Accomack County Court records. Since 1973, the chapter has contributed forty-four genealogical volumes to the Eastern Shore Room at the Public Library in memory of our deceased members.

The chapter annually presents the DAR Good Citizen Award to students in each of the high schools. In addition, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chapter presents a History Essay Award to middle school students, with a winner in each grade. The chapter has also sponsored a scholarship fund since 1985. High school seniors who plan to study history or political science in college may apply.

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Chapter has presented numerous flags to schools and any other group who requests them. The chapter also participates in memorials to fallen patriots on National Holidays.