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124-0042 Fort Nelson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter House

Fort Nelson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter House
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NRHP Listing Date 08/08/2007

NPS property number 07000805

The Fort Nelson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter House was constructed in 1935 in Portsmouth. The building appears as a typical Tidewater-style house, with its one-and-a-half-stories, prominent external chimney, and symmetrical façade, and exemplifies the Colonial Revival architectural trends of the 1930s. It stands as an important representative of women’s history in Virginia. The Daughters of the American Revolution is a women’s institution focusing on historic, educational, and patriotic objectives in American culture, founded in 1890 as a response to the exclusion of women from the Sons of the American Revolution. The Fort Nelson Chapter of the DAR was founded May 9, 1896, and was the tenth Virginia chapter formed. Though other chapters had acquired existing buildings for their meetings, the Fort Nelson chapter house is the first purpose-built house for a DAR chapter in Virginia, and it is still operational today. Its style was influenced by many sources, but draws heavily on the architecture indigenous to its location, and it was named Fort Nelson in honor of Thomas Nelson, signer of the Declaration of Independence.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018