Hodges, South Carolina Organized August 31, 1972

Caroline Whitmire, Regent

The Mount Ariel Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) was named for a community that was adjacent to Hodges, South Carolina, located on a sandy ridge said to be the highest ground between Augusta, Georgia, and Greenville, South Carolina. John Hopkins Powers built one of the first homes near Mount Ariel, South Carolina, in the middle 1820s. The little village was renamed Cokesbury in 1834. Hodges was developed in the mid-1850s but was first called Cokesbury Junction after the railroad was built in 1852.

The membership of the chapter increased from sixteen to thirty-nine in its first three years, resulting in the state regent's award for five new Junior Members and the national membership chair’s award to South Carolina DAR for net membership increase for 1974. Membership has continued to grow since that time. 

In 1999, the "Parade of Presidents" show of fashions designed by chapter member, Louise Fleming Aull, was selected to be presented at the Junior Membership Luncheon during Continental Congress.  That same year, the chapter achieved for the community of Hodges, South Carolina, national recognition as a George Washington Bicentennial Community in the year commemorating George Washington's death. The chapter continues to receive awards for excellence in participation, - notably, for its area’s celebration of Constitution Week.

Through the years, this chapter has been extremely active in promoting the objectives of the NSDAR. Specifically, they have worked to mark graves of local Revolutionary War patriots. In recent years, chapter members have served the South Carolina State Society DAR (SCDAR) as state chairs and state officers.

Contact us if you are interested in attending our meetings or would like more information on how you can become a member.

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