Drowning Creek Chapter

Nichols, South Carolina

South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution


The 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 Drowning Creek Chapter is located in Nichols, 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.

History of Drowning Creek

Prior to 1820 and indeed from earliest times, Drowning Creek, the original name of today's Lumber River, was a major transportation and trade route.  At the Marion County Courthouse, there is specific reference to Drowning Creek in the very early probate records.  Drowning Creek played an important role in  Francis Marion's ability to move freely through swampy areas to attack British troops unexpectedly.


Inscription:  Drowning Creek

The original name of Lumber River arising in NC with dangerous undercurrents, flowing past Nichols, SC, through Marion County, that was originally old Georgetown District and Liberty County. A crucial part in the defeat of the Tories in the Revolutionary War was the ability of Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” to crisscross and camp along Drowning Creek with its swamps, using the river to the advantage of the colonists and as an important transportation and trade route for turpentine and lumber.
(Erected 1987 by Drowning Creek Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Honoring William Gairy Nichols, a local Historian, and the Bicentennial of the Constitution of U.S.A.)

We are located in Nichols, South Carolina and would love to talk with you about becoming a member of the Society.  If you would like more information about the DAR, including membership requirements, please email us!

Evelyn Waddell, Regent