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Joyce Scott Chapter NSDAR
Greer, South Carolina

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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. 

During the Revolutionary War, Scott's Ferry was recognized as a point of military importance. Pace's Island, located in the Savannah River just above the mouth of Scott's Creek, and the ferry were rendezvous and hiding places for Tories from South Carolina and Georgia. When it became known that both Pace's Island and nearby German Island were being used as hiding places for stolen goods, the local patriots wanted to get a message to Fort Ninety-Six to report this development. The journey was hazardous, and no one seemed willing to go. 

Without the knowledge of anyone except her aged husband, Joyce Calliham Scott offered to make the trip. She mounted a fast horse, left at sundown, and rode the entire distance to Ninety-Six that night. She delivered the information, and her brother, Joel Calliham, was soon dispatched with a select body of troops. They completely routed the Tories.

In retaliation, Joyce Scott and husband were tortured by a band commanded by British Lieutenant Colonel Tarleton. Their stores of animal feed were burned, and their house and crops destroyed. She was tied by a rope and dipped into the river, but neither she nor her husband would reveal where the family money and silver were concealed. To this day, the hidden treasures have never been found. 

We are located in Greer, South Carolina, and would love to talk to you about becoming a member of the National Society. If you would like more information about the DAR, including membership requirements, please e-mail one of our chapter contacts, registrar or regent.

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