The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.
Our chapter, one of many in Virginia, was organized December 21, 1925, by Virgie IrvineTodd (Mrs. John W., Jr.). Our chapter name was chosen to honor the man Colonel Thomas Hughart* who was born in 1729 and died in Augusta County, Virginia, in 1810. He was one of the largest landowners of Augusta County and one of its wealthiest citizens. Colonel Hughart served in the capacity of justice of the county or high sheriff almost to the time of his death.
He received a land grant for his service in the French and Indian War. During the Revolution, he was promoted to Colonel of the Second Division of Augusta County troops on September 19, 1780. In May 1781, Colonel Hughart and his troops were ordered to join the army of General Lafayette in King William County; thus, they became a part of the army which followed Cornwallis in his retreat.
Colonel Hughart and his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Estill Hughart, are buried in the cemetery at Rocky Spring Church, Augusta County, and a monument stands there erected in their memory.
In 2015, our chapter continues to strive toward achievement of the same goals and objectives set forth 90 years ago by the founding members as well as those set forth by the newest administration of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
As you will see on following pages, the Colonel Thomas Hughart Chapter is a caring organization of women devoted to patriotism, preservation of the past, and securing the future of our children.
If you seek membership in DAR, and our chapter specifically, go to the “Contact Info” page on this website. Our chapter meetings are in various member homes on the first Saturday of each month September—December and February—May. Interested ladies are welcome at our meetings.
*Colonel Hughart’s biographical information attributed to Katherine Bushman Page 2