Holly Wichman, Vice-Regent
Elizabeth Pinnell, Registrar
Judy Earnest, Treasurer
Samantha Nifong, Historian
Elaine Cryderman, Chaplain
Diane Reed, Librarian
Gravesite marking ceremony at Bethel Presbyterian Church
King's Mountain Commemorative Events
Family field trip to Hezekiah Alexander Place
NATION FORD CHAPTER
Tega Cay/Fort Mill Township, South Carolina
The Nation Ford Chapter of the DAR takes its name from a historic landmark at the Catawba River. A ford is a "place in a river or other body of water where it may be crossed by man or beast, either on foot or by wading."
Nation Ford is located at the banks of the Catawba River where it runs between Fort Mill and Rock Hill, SC. It is known as Nation Ford because it is the place where the entire Catawba Indian Nation crossed the shallow ford in search of new territory to settle. Most of the Nation's principal villages were eventually located along the banks of the river.
The Nation Ford Road, a "superhighway" of its day, was first an animal and hunting path. Later it brought traders and settlers, as well as soldiers of the Revolution and the Civil War. It became known as part of the "Great Wagon Road" that brought settlers from the north into the southern frontiers. Parts of it became today's busy Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.
Nation Ford Road passed through what is now Anne Springs Close Greenway, a local area in Fort Mill, South Carolina, preserved for public recreation and naturalization use. Two signs mark parts of the path, which can still be seen today.
Our chapter consists of an active group of women with many interests. Our meetings and activities have covered a wide range of interests, including American history, historical pursuits, genealogical workshops, gardening information, and colonial food and traditions, as well as family picnics and field trips to libraries, archives, and historical sites. We welcome you to join us!