The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR), founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.
The Andrew Pickens Chapter NSDAR is located in Clemson, South Carolina. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.
Who was Andrew Pickens?
Andrew Pickens was born in Pennsylvania and traveled south along the Great Wagon Road with his family to settle in the Waxhaws region of the Carolinas. After serving in the militia against the Cherokee Indians, Pickens settled down in South Carolina near the Georgia border to become a farmer, marry and raise a family. After war broke out, he became a militia captain. He served in numerous battles, including the Battle of Cowpens, Siege of Augusta, Siege of Ninety-Six and Battle of Eutaw Springs. He closed the war with campaigns against the Indians. After the war, Pickens moved to Seneca, South Carolina and his plantation at Hopewell. About 1802, he moved to the site of the former Cherokee Village called Tamassee, and built a plantation which he named after the village. Pickens lived at Tamassee until 1817. He remained an elder in the Presbyterian Church and was the first United States congressman from South Carolina’s Pendleton District. He served in the state assembly and in Congress. He died in 1817.