The Great Valley Chapter NSDAR of Paoli, Pennsylvania welcomes you to visit our website and invites you, if possible, to become a chapter member.The rules of the DAR membership require that any woman is eligible who is eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided or fought in the American Revolution. Documenting this ancestry is a patriotic honor of all the Chapter's members.
Margaret Sooy Bridwell, Regent
The chapter was organized by Mrs. Frederick Held in April, 1965, with seventeen other charter members in attendance. Located in Paoli, Pennsylvania, the Great Valley Chapter derives its name from the fact that Paoli is part of the rich tract of Southeastern Pennsylvania land that Welsh Quaker settlers purchased through the intervention of William Penn in 1682 known as the “Great Valley.”
In April, 2003, the Merion-Dr. Rush Chapter merged with the Great Valley Chapter. Today we have over 150 members from Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties as well as Pennsylvania at large, the United States and Europe.
We are a service organization dedicated to pursuing the objectives of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR):
The Great Valley Chapter also sponsors the Signal Hill Society, Children of the American Revolution, (C.A.R.). Any boy or girl under the age of twenty-one is eligible for membership who can prove lineal, blood-line descent from an ancestor who directly aided in the cause of American Independence.
GREAT VALLEY CHAPTER HISTORY