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. Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.
The Blue Savannah-Swamp Fox Chapter NSDAR is a result of the merger of two chapters in Marion County, South Carolina, in 1991. The name embodies elements of the American Revolution waged in the Pee Dee section of South Carolina. Chapter members are proud of their rich heritage and work hard to maintain it, especially through promoting patriotic citizenship and fostering education in history, citizenship, and conservation among youth.
In late 1904, Mrs. Henry Buck and Kate Lilly Blue of Marion were appointed by the South Carolina State Regent, Mrs. H.W. Richardson, to organize a chapter in Marion County, South Carolina. The Swamp Fox Chapter NSDAR, named for the famous General Francis Marion who fought many battles in the area, was chartered in April 1905.
Through the efforts of Mrs. E.T. McMillan of Mullins, South Carolina, the Blue Savannah Chapter NSDAR was organized early in 1922. The chapter name comes from the Battle of Blue Savannah that was fought near Ariel Crossroads in Marion County, South Carolina. A historic marker has been erected by the chapter near that battlefield.
Several members have held offices not only in the chapter, but also in the State Society. Mrs. R.E. "Missy" Lipscomb of Mullins, South Carolina, who served in chapter, state, and national offices, is remembered especially for her strong support and advocacy for Tamassee DAR School. As Chairman of the Tamassee Board for ten years and through substantial monetary and other contributions to Tamassee, she established a connection with the school that still thrives today.