Old Federal Road Chapter
Monroeville, Alabama

Daughters of the American Revolution

 

      History

Old Federal Road Chapter NSDAR was organized on February 3, 1984, by fourteen organizing members. Before a DAR chapter was organized in Monroe County, local daughters were members of chapters in Camden, Evergreen, and Stockton, or held at-large memberships.
 
Interest in forming a DAR chapter in Monroe County led to a meeting at the home of Mrs. Harris R. Carter on January 12, 1984. The organizational meeting of the Old Federal Chapter was held February 3, 1984, at the home of Mrs. Loxley L. Dees.
 
Officers were installed February 24, 1984, by Alabama State DAR Regent Mrs. James Lynch, during a special ceremony at Monroeville Presbyterian Church. The organizing officers were: Regent Mrs. Loxley L. Dees, Vice Regent Mrs. William J. Andress Jr., Chaplain Mrs. Carolyn Carter King, Recording Secretary Mrs. David Frost, Treasurer Mrs. Daniel R. Andress Jr., and Registrar Mrs. Harris R. Carter. Mrs. Linda Andress Kennedy and Mrs. Thomas M. Stacey served as Pages.
 
The first regular meeting of Old Federal Road Chapter, NSDAR,was held at the home of Mrs. William J.  Andress Jr., on March 8, 1984. The secretary read the proposed by-laws. An additional thirteen prospective members were accepted by the chapter. Old Federal Road Chapter had thirty-seven members by September 1985. Today, we have 79 members.
 
Mrs. Margaret McCall Locklin suggested the name of Old Federal Road for the chapter. The Old Federal Road enters Monroe County near Pine Orchard, Alabama. In the Burnt Corn community, it divides and runs across the center of Monroe County in a westerly direction. The lower branch is used as the eastern boundary between Monroe and Conecuh County. Originally no more than a path used by the Creek Indians as a migration route, the Federal Road developed into a land route between Washington County in the
Mississippi Territory and New Orleans during the War of 1812.
 
The Old Federal Road was sometimes called "Three Chopped Way" because the surveyors cut three blazes on trees to mark its course. Indian trouble plagued the area but for the Old Federal Road with its forts, there would be no Alabama as we know it.  Rivaled only by the Natchez Trace, the Old Federal Road is second to none in significance in Alabama history.  As history shows, it was Alabama's first improved highway.


W
ritten by: Ethel S. Andress and Linda Andress Kennedy.
July 1997

 



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Dora Pelham

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