Our local DAR Chapter has been working on documenting Revolutionary War Patriot Homes that are still in existence in Dauphin Co., PA. We have made a good start, but have opened up to the remainder of the State of Pennsylvania to add additional homes that have been found. I have received a few names and am now putting together a talk on some of these homes. The purpose is to keep them preserved for future generations.
If you go on line at HABS or the National Registry of Historic Places you will find information about some of these homes. With that and copies of the deeds, you can put together quite an interesting story. You can also find some disturbing news, such as the very old, Mendenhall Inn was demolished in 2002 and replaced with a new building. This is the kind of thing we want to keep from happening to these historic old homes. By making people aware of the age and history of these homes, we hope to help preserve them.
If you know of any old homes that were occupied in the 1700 or early 1800s by a Revolutionary War veteran, let me know. We would love to document and preserve their history.
I work on many lineage society applications, so do research on the NSDAR website and am amazed what connections I find in my research for others. Today I need to send a birthday card to a “daughter” in my local DAR chapter, looked her up on the NSDAR website and lo and behold, she was from the area where I grew up. Many of her ancestors have similar last names to my ancestors. Today will be spent researching our possible connections. Is there another supplement in the works here?
I’ll begin my research on the Bradford County (PA) website that Joyce Tice hosts. This is the best county website I have ever found. All the folks in Bradford County graciously offer historical records and their own research, to Joyce, for the website. If every county would be so generous, we would have so much more information available and so many records would not be destroyed.
On another similar topic, that I have mentioned before, don’t hoard those records you find, share them with a local historical society or submit them to the web for your local county site. You can find a good repository by going to www.uswebgen.org and click on your State and county. You will find many volunteers ready to help.
I began my preservation career as the first Chairman in the State of Pennsylvania for the historic preservation committee in NSDAR and in the first year we had the first ever Historic Preservation Project Contest National, Regional and State winner.
Our local DAR chapter began our own project of documenting homes that were originally occupied by a Revolutionary War patriot, that are still in existence. We were documenting ownership, photographing the property and making a list of these homes. We hope the entire State will join our efforts and send information on their local patriot homes.
We have not had any additions to our local list, but as I travel around the State, ladies are occasionally giving me leads of homes to be recorded. We are making these records so that these homes are not destroyed by people who are not aware of the history behind the home. We hope that making more people aware of the existence of these homes will also give the present owners a sense of responsibility to maintain these historic buildings.
Do you know the history of your home? Do you know how to go about finding out the history. I can help you research your home, just contact me for a quote.