Our chapter was organized October 12, 1965, and is named after one of the signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll of Carrollton. He was the son of Charles Carroll of Annapolis, who granted him an estate in the southern portion of Frederick County, Maryland, consisting of 17,000 acres bordering the Potomac River. Charles Carroll of Carrollton was elected to the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, and served as delegate until 1778. He subsequently helped to draft a state constitution and assisted in forming a state government. Carroll was re-elected to the Continental Congress in 1780, but preferred to serve in the state senate to which he was elected in 1781, and served until 1800. Few know that Charles Carroll was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence and the last signatory to die; he lived to be 95. Today, a bronze statue of Charles Carroll of Carrollton stands in the Hall of Columns in the United States Capitol.
About the Daughters of the American Revolution
The DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Nationally, DAR members volunteer more than 60,000 hours annually, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year, and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
With 53 members and growing, our membership reflects a wide range of ages and interests from throughout Frederick County, Maryland. Having a strong desire to make our chapter meetings and special events available to everyone, we have planned our meetings during the day, evening, and some Saturdays. Feel free to attend all or just those that fit into your personal schedule. Our calendar year is September through June. We recess during the months of July and August to spend time with family and friends.
Any woman is eligible for membership in DAR who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For information regarding membership, please attend one of our scheduled workshops or contact our registrar.