About Us

The Madisons of Montpelier Chapter

Charter Number 412

Organized in Orange, VA, 23 Sep 2003

Anne Hoffman Winn (Mrs. John W.), Organizing President

Dear Daughters,

Our next chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 5th at the newly remodeled Gordonsville United Methodist Church, 407 N Main St, Gordonsville, VA  at 11 am.

buildingThis will be our Annual meeting and includes the installation of your new chapter officers for the 2015-2018 term. 

Officers and Committee Chairman should bring three copies of their report for distribution.

For those of you who would like some assistance with finding an 1812 supplemental ancestor, we will hold a workshop following the meeting.

Please send your check for $14.00 payable to The Madisons of Montpelier to:
Emily Richardson, Treasurer
P.O. Box 548
Ivy, VA 22945

I have attached the most recent Yearbook in two versions and a copy of the Information on 1812 Donations that I passed around at the last meeting.  This may help you understand several of the donation items you will see on your next annual dues notice that comes out this summer.  Please look them over for reference and thank you for your generosity in advance.



March 16: James Madison's Birthday
Commemorate the 264th birthday of America's fourth president and Father of the Constitution with the United States Marine Corps Band and Color Guard during this annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Madison Family Cemetery at Montpelier. Remarks will be made by Alan Taylor, one of the nation’s premier experts in Colonial America and the early U.S. republic. Ceremony begins at 2:00 PM. After the ceremony, Mr. Madison will accept birthday wishes at the mansion.
A special in-depth tour highlighting Madison's role as Father of the Constitution will be offered at 11 AM and 1 PM. Signature tours will be offered every 30 minutes between 10 AM - 4 PM. 


The following is a list of the activities in Norfolk celebrating the bicentennial of the Treaty of Ghent which officially ended the War of 1812.  There are interesting and varied events which have been organized by the Norfolk Historical Society.  Except for the ball they are all free--and all are open to the public.  If you are in the area, please plan to attend one or more of these.

Jennie Lou Pangle

President Fort Norfolk NSUSD1812

-- Treaty of Ghent lecture at the MacArthur Memorial Auditorium (Weds, 11 Feb 7-8 pm).  Open to the public.

-- War of 1812 State Marker dedication ceremony at Plum Point Park, Norfolk (Saturday, 14 Feb 11-11:30 am).  Open to the public.  Event planned to commence at 11 am. (This will last only about half an hour since it is likely to be cold and windy on the waterfront! There will be a few wreaths, including ours!) 

-- Treaty Rose planting ceremony at the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk (Saturday 21 Feb 10:30-11:30 am).  Hosted by the City of Norfolk and Belgium.  Open to the public. 

-- Bicentennial Gala (dinner-dance) at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club (Saturday 21 Feb 6-10 pm).  Hosted by the Norfolk Historical Society.  Black tie or Period Attire.  Tickets available from the Norfolk Historical Society. 

-- A period tea party at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum commemorating the bicentennial of the Treaty of Ghent (Sunday 22 Feb 1-4 pm).  Open to the public.

Dear Virginia Daughters,

     I met with Becky from the Hampton Roads Maritime Museum and the Regency Society regarding the ladies Tea to be held at the HRMM (or Nauticus as some may know it better) on Feb 22nd 2015. The initial plan is to have the Regency Society provide dressed ladies at 4 stations to host a tea for interested patron to the museum on the 22nd. These ladies and gentleman will discuss what Norfolk was like during the War of 1812 and what happened when they learned about the signing of the treaty of Ghent. 
     Our part will be to assist these actors with the tea. If you have period dress to wear that will be most appropriate. We will pour tea, restock as necessary and direct guests around the gallery of the museum. Knowledge of the Treaty of Ghent is not necessary but and basic understanding would be a good idea.
     The museum is looking at funding for the food & items needed for this event.
     Please  mark your calendars and plan to attend the event in Norfolk. Also, please pass this along to your members that may be interested in assisting on the afternoon of the 22nd. If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Michelle Thornton
​USD 1812
Assistant Registrar National
305-360-5087 - cell

From our Assistant National Registrar, NSUSD 1812

The Norfolk Historical Society has launched our new website. Listed in the NHS website are details about the upcoming Bicentennial of the Treaty of Ghent commemorative activities planned for Norfolk, Virginia next February. Several organizations/individuals are collaborating with the Norfolk Historical Society in the commemoration. This link will take you to the current list of events and information (will be periodically updated): https://norfolkhistoricalsociety.wildapricot.org/TOG200 The next link will take you to the modern black tie or optional Regency Period (~1815) attire dinner-dance gala page, which will be held at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. Tickets are available now for purchase (individual, couples, or tables of 10): https://norfolkhistoricalsociety.wildapricot.org/TOG200gala Please don't hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions. Please also feel free to pass the word along. This should be an interesting series of commemorative events centered in the Ghent district of Norfolk. So why are we commemorating this treaty in Tidewater Virginia? Well, this war had plenty of local connections. One of the most significant factors leading to the War of 1812 was the USS Chesapeake - HMS Leopard affair in 1807 (taking place just offshore and which enraged America). Our stunning success at the Battle of Craney Island in 1813, where we thrashed the British amphibious force aiming to take Norfolk and Portsmouth is strategically noteworthy. And as an interesting footnote, the last engagement of that war occurring in Virginia took place in February 1815, where the Virginia Militia captured a Royal Navy vessel at the Wolf Trap Shoal about 30 miles north of Norfolk. The War of 1812 significantly impacted Tidewater -- and the treaty that established peace and amity with Britain in 1815 was welcomed. And still is two centuries later.


Members of The Madisons of Montpelier Chapter recently marked the graves of War of 1812 Veterans at the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in Crimora, Virginia on 4 November 2014.  Veterans graves that were marked were:  John Barger 1794 - 1845; Michael Coiner 1790 - 1864; Jacob Coyner 1789-1874; John Koiner 1792-1852; Philip Koiner 1776-1849; and Gabriel Stickley 1791-1856.

Prior to the marking, Nancy Sorrells gave a presentation on "Augusta County and the Forgotten War of 1812".  American Legion Post 340 presented colors and played taps.

Trinity Lutheran Church and Cemetery
Trinity Lutheran Church and Cemetery

200th Anniversary of the Burning of Washington, DC

(The following was is from: http://blog.fold3.com/the-burning-of-washington-august-24-1814/)

This August 24 and 25 mark the 200th anniversary of the British burning of Washington DC during the War of 1812.

Prior to the burning, 4,500 British soldiers went up against 5,000 Americans (mostly militiamen) in a battle at Bladensburg, Maryland, just 4 miles northeast of Washington. Though the Americans had the advantage of numbers and artillery, the untried and poorly led militiamen didn’t stand much of a chance against the better trained and disciplined British soldiers. Three hours of battle had the Americans fleeing as fast as they could, while the British commanding officers, General Ross and Admiral Cockburn, led a portion of their men into Washington, which was now undefended.

Leaving private homes and property alone for the most part, the British began burning government buildings, starting with Capitol building, which at the time also housed the Supreme Court and Library of Congress. They then proceeded to the White House, which had been abandoned by President Madison and his wife shortly before. (Dolley Madison is famous for staying at the White House as long as possible and directing the rescue of a portrait of George Washington, among other valuables.)

The following day, Cockburn and Ross organized the burning of other buildings, like the State and War departments and the Treasury, which had started to burn the night before but had been doused by a rainstorm. Cockburn ordered the destruction of the printing presses of a newspaper that had been particularly critical of him, but the U.S. Patent Office was saved from destruction by the pleas of its superintendent. The British went to the Navy Yard, but it had already been burned the previous day by the Americans to keep it from falling into British hands. A contingent of soldiers also went to Greenleaf Point Federal Arsenal to destroy the gunpowder and cannons there but ended up causing an explosion that killed or maimed many of them.

Later that day, a huge storm blew in that wreaked havoc on the city, downing trees and ripping roofs off buildings. After the storm had died down somewhat, the British officers ordered a retreat of their men during the night, before the American forces could regroup.
Discover more about the burning of Washington DC, and other events and people of the war, in Fold3′s War of 1812 collection.


State Council

Wreath Laying Ceremony Program March 2014


Left to right- Diane Bradshaw, Courtenay Stanley, Luvenia Rogers, Brenda Graves, Constance Paradiso and Pam Curtin.  Courtenay was representing the Montpelier DAR chapter and Luvenia was representing the Albemarle DAR chapter.  Not pictured is Sharon Steo.


        Apple Dapple Cake


3 eggs
1 ½ cups oil
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 ½ tsp soda
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups apples, peeled and chopped
½ cup raisins
½ to 1cup nuts, your choice

Prepare tube pan by greasing with shorting and dusting with flour.
Set oven at 350 degrees.

Whisk or beat eggs until well mixed, add oil and mix.
Mix dry ingredients and stir in gradually, alternating with apples
Stir in vanilla, raisins and nuts.
Pour into pan: bake at 350 degrees 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cake pulls from sides of pan; (make sure cake is totally baked before removing from oven).


1/3 stick butter or margarine melted
Whisk in enough powdered sugar until desired consistency for glaze.
Add 2 tsp. vanilla

Recipe from Anne H. Winn’s mother; Birdine Moyers Hoffman
Copied 5 November 2013

Broccoli Salad

Combine in large bowl:
1 large head about 1 ½ lbs broccoli
1/3 cup red or sweet onion or 5 spring onions chopped
½c. raisins

6 slices bacon cooked, crumbled and reserved

Dressing: Mix together:
1 c. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1/4c. sugar

Pour over vegetables, combine and refrigerate at least 2-3 hours.
Before serving, add crumbled bacon and mix all together gently.


Annual Meeting

Meetings: Four times a year - 1st Saturday of March; 1st Tuesday of May; 3rd Saturday of September; 1st Tuesday of November.

The National Society

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Celebrating the War of 1812 Bicentennial
The War of 1812:
USS Constitution is being
issued as a Forever stamp. 
Click HERE to read about this.

This site updated on April 15,, 2015

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