Welcome to the Thomas Nelson Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).  The chapter was organized on June 18, 1928.  The organizing members chose the name, Thomas Nelson, as a tribute to the signer of the Declaration of DAR Recognized SiteIndependence and Governor of Virginia.

We are proud descendants of those spirited men and women who aided in the fight for American independence.  We believe in patriotic, historic, and educational ideals as embodied in our motto, "God, Home, and Country."

The objectives of the DAR are:

Chapter programs support the national objectives of history, education, and patriotism through participation in naturalization ceremonies by handing out flags to new citizens; creating displays at local libraries to observe and promote Constitution Week; instructing the public in correct flag etiquette by handing out flag codes; protecting natural resources through education and conservation efforts; and supporting local literacy programs, veteran hospitals, and DAR schools by volunteering and raising funds. Chapter members encourage good citizenship; service to God, Home, and Country; respect for the Flag of the United States of America; respect for the history and government of the United States of America; and respect for oneself by participating in educational activities. The chapter recognizes local senior high students who excel in qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism and award these students with the Good Citizenship Medal. The chapter honors elementary and middle school outstanding students with awards for excellence in American History and good citizenship.

On December 5, 1998, the National Board of Management approved the merger between the Thomas Nelson Chapter and the Captain John Smith Chapter. A ceremony was held on December 12, 1998, merging the two chapters. Junior members from the Thomas Nelson Chapter organized the Captain John Smith Chapter on November 25, 1952, in Arlington, Virginia. The organizing regent, Mrs. Samuel P. Vanderslice, chose the name, Captain John Smith.