Fort Ashby hosts Pack Horse Ford DAR
SHEPHERDSTOWN – Ten members of the Pack Horse Ford Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, visited Fort Ashby July 24 to attend the 63rd Eastern District meeting and to meet with other DAR chapters from Jefferson, Berkeley, Hardy, Morgan and Mineral counties. The historic is located in Fort Ashby, W.Va., between Romney and Cumberland, Md.
After a slide presentation by newly elected West Virginia DAR State Regent Charla Nutter, a business meeting was held. During the meeting, it was announced that Richard Seeley, a long-time volunteer at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center, had been named the Outstanding Veteran Volunteer for 2009-2010 for the East Central Division.
Also, meeting participants congratulated Pack Horse Ford Chapter member and Eastern District Secretary Katherine Genung on her recent first-place national award from the American Heritage Committee for fiber arts.
Upon completion of the business meeting, a delicious catered lunch was served and a program on the fort was given.
Museum Curator Barbara Townsend told the history of Fort Ashby, which George Washington ordered to be built on Oct. 27, 1755. Fort Ashby was one of 69 forts to be built to defend settlers from French and Indian attacks.
In 1794, more than 1,500 soldiers commanded by Gen. Morgan camped at the fort while en-route to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
If you would like to participate in DAR activities, visit interesting places and make new friends, contact Regent Cheryl Brown at 304-876-3817 or Registrar Dorrene Hale at 304-725-6140 for membership information.