DAR honors patriots at Valley Forge

three women in front of Valley Forge visitors center

Leslie Dimmling and Janice Derr of Col. Aaron Ogden Chapter, with their friend Gerri MacWhinnie of the Southampton Colony Chapter.

The NY Organization of the Daughters of the American Revolution, led by State Regent Pamela Barrack, made a Pilgrimage to Valley Forge National Historical Park to remember the American Patriots who suffered there through a brutal winter in 1777, during the American Revolution. Members of the Garden City based Col. Aaron Ogden Chapter were in attendance for the event which took place October 14 & 15.

On Saturday October 14, a trolley tour of the park included a stop to view reproduction log cabins similar to the thousand-plus huts built by George Washington’s men in a matter of months. In addition, the women were able to tour the interior of the stone farmhouse on the grounds which became Washington’s winter headquarters.
Dinner that evening was held in nearby Wayne, Pennsylvania at the Black Powder Tavern, an historic tavern which dates to 1746. . Their speaker was David Cross, author of the book “Indispensable- Learning How to Succeed and Lead From George Washington”.
The following day on October 15, the ladies gathered again at the Park as State Regent Barrack laid a wreath at the base of the National Bell Tower in memory of those American Soldiers who struggled to survive and keep the flame of liberty alive that harsh winter. The women were then treated to a Carillon Concert played by Mr. Doug Gefvert, Chapel Carillonneur. The Carillon is located in the National Bell Tower. It should be noted that funds to build the Bell Tower were raised by the NSDAR, and it was dedicated on April 18, 1953 . An Evensong Service followed in the Washington Memorial Chapel, led by the Rev. Thomas Thompson of the Episcopal Church. The Chapel’s beautiful stained-glass windows depict figures from the American Revolution.  A luncheon on the grounds of the Chapel followed the Service and concluded the Pilgrimage. 
The ladies of the Colonel Aaron Ogden Chapter were honored to attend this event to remember the Revolutionary War Soldiers, who struggled so mightily at Valley Forge that winter in 1777.

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