Martintown Road Chapter
Our Chapter's History
Organized: January 31, 1970
Organizing Regent: Mary Elizabeth Davenport Vaughn
The Martintown Road Chapter was officially confirmed by the National Board of Management January 31, 1970. Plans for organizing the chapter began in September 1969 with Mrs. J. Carleton Vaughn as Organizing Regent.
The name, Martintown Road, was chosen because this road has been the most continuously known historical landmark within the environs of North Augusta since 1754.
On January 20, 1970, Mrs. Drake Harden Rogers, State Regent, installed the officers and administered the oath to the membership of 42 -- the largest known number of organizing members of any DAR chapter at the time. The Martintown Road historical marker was dedicated October 1972.
Throughout the years, the chapter has received highest awards and recognition for its work in various fields of service. Gold Honor Roll requirements were met until that category was changed to Chapter Achievement Awards. Since that time, the chapter has met Level I requirements.
The chapter has honored two citizens, Paul Knox and Hammond Burkhalter, with the Medal of Honor. The 2001 Community Service awards were presented to Mrs. Pat Carpenter and Mr. Nat Wolf. Two Conservation Awards have been presented by the chapter to Mrs. Gamewell Watson and Mrs. Eulalie E. Gibbs.
Members participate in the Naturalization Ceremonies by giving flags and books to the new citizens. Programs are given by members to the area school children about the flag. Members participate in local ceremonies for Veteran's Day and Memorial Day.
The members of the chapter serve our Veterans at the Veteran's Hospital in Augusta, GA, with gifts, bi-weekly visits and magazines for the waiting rooms.
Martintown Road Chapter, NSDAR, continues to support Tamassee School with gifts of money, clothes for the Thrift Shop and gifts for the children. The Chapter has had superior success with the American History Essay contest with students winning awards on local, state and regional levels.
Chapter programs continue to stress National Defense, American Heritage, Education and freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. Constitution Week is observed each year with proclamations, programs, ringing of the bells, and media coverage.
In 1999 a DAR sign was erected at an entrance to the city and dedicated to Mrs. J. Carleton Vaughn, Organizing Regent, Mrs. Vaughn served as State Regent and Vice President General. Other chapter members have served as officers and committee chairmen on the state and national levels.
In January 2000, the chapter celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. A tea was held at the home of the Vice-regent, Mrs. Joseph Johnston, with five SC State Officers in attendance. Charter members and past regents were recognized.
Compiled by: Elizabeth Singletary Thompson
IMPORTANT PAST EVENTS
The first "Real Daughter" in the National Society, Mary Hammond Washington, is the daughter of Col. Samuel Hammond, who is buried in North Augusta. A marker to his memory was erected in Riverview Park. The remains were removed to the Hammond Cemetery on Martintown Road in 1991. A bust of Mary Hammond Washington was placed in Memorial Continental Hall in 1912. Her son gave the final $1,000 for Memorial Continental Hall.
...and more recently...
Our sixth grade American History Essay winner received the 2013 State Award and his essay went on to be judged at the Southeast Regional level.