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Officers 2017-2019

Lisa Griffen, Regent

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

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King's Mountain Commemorative Events

Family field trip to Hezekiah Alexander Place



Tega Cay/Fort Mill Township, South Carolina

Photos courtesy of the Nation Ford Chapter NSDAR.

Photos courtesy of the Nation Ford Chapter NSDAR.

The Nation Ford Chapter NSDAR 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, South Carolina. 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 American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. It became known as part of the "Great Wagon Road" that brought settlers from the north into the southern frontiers. Part 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

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!