Our Chapter History

The Chapter Forming

Cambridge 1935

Dorchester County - 1935

The Chapter Forming

On May 21, 1932, a group of ladies met at the home of Elba Wright Wheatley in the town of Hurlock in Dorchester County, Maryland, to organize this chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. They adopted the name “Nanticoke” for the chapter, naming it after the Nanticoke Indians and the river that flowed from Sussex County, Delaware, to the Chesapeake Bay. In those early days, meetings were held in the homes of the members.

The Chapter Moving

Princess Anne 1960

Princess Anne - 1960

The Chapter Moving

By 1960, no chapter had been formed in Somerset County. The Maryland State Regent, Mrs. Wilson King Barnes, wanted a chapter in every county in the state. Since there was another chapter called Dorset based in Dorchester County, the Nanticoke Chapter unanimously voted to move its base to Princess Anne on September 24, 1966, thus, establishing the Nanticoke Chapter NSDAR home in Somerset County.

The Chapter Today

Princess Anne 2015

Princess Anne - 2016

The Chapter Today

Today, chapter meetings are rarely held in members’ homes; instead, members usually meet for lunch at a restaurant or a church hall. Programs are designed to enhance our members’ knowledge of history as well as other topics of interest to women. With our fast-paced modern culture, it is easy to forget thatthere was a time when family history defined us as a people. Our organization is dedicated to remembering our past ancestors; but most especially, those who fought to form this great nation.

The Meaning of Nanticoke

The Nanticoke Tribal Council

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The Meaning of Nanticoke

The roots of the word Nanticoke and the river named after it, inspired the name of our chapter. As an ancient people, the Nanticoke legacy makes us contemplate a time when life was slower and the river was sacred. Their proud culture and history has left an indelible mark on Delmarva history.