About Us

You probably have heard about the Boston Tea Party. A similar incident took place in the Annapolis port but it was no “tea party.”

On October 19, 1774, the owner of the Peggy Stewart, Captain Anthony Stewart, and several other merchants of the colonial port city of Annapolis, were forced to burn the brig in the Annapolis harbor for having several hundred pounds of tea brought directly from London with tax and duties to be paid. The Peggy Stewart, named after the captain’s daughter, was built and registered in Patuxent, MD, only a year and a half before she was destroyed.

In 1889, when ladies of Annapolis formed the DAR chapter, they chose to be known as the “Peggy Stewart Tea Party,” commemorating this historic event. For over a hundred years, our chapter has been promoting patriotism, supporting our veterans and educating our youth in Maryland’s capital city of Annapolis through the programs of the NSDAR.

Membership: Peggy Stewart Tea Party Chapter is over 100 members strong and growing. 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.

What we do: 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 to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.

Do you want to know more about DAR? Click here: http://www.dar.org/natsociety/whoweare.cfm