Shatemuc Chapter


National Society

Daughters of the American Revolution


Stony Point, New York



Shatemuc Chapter, NSDAR, gets its name from the Indian word for "river that flows both ways."  Our chapter was organized on September 8, 1925.  We've grown to a membership of approximately 90 women.  Our meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, with the exception of January, July, and August.


Shatemuc Chapter is located in Stony Point, New York, an historic Revolutionary War area on the Hudson River.  Other important historic sites are the Twin Forts of Stony Point and Fort Montgomery.  Also within the Shatemuc region is Tappan where General Washington headquartered at the DeWindt House.  In Tappan, Washington met with Sir Guy Carleton to complete arrangements for the British to leave New York.  It is also the site of the '76 House, where the traitor Andre was held prisoner as he waited for his gallows to be built.  The entire area was important strategically in the march on Trenton.



DAR Objectives


To promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.



Hospitality in Action- Opening Doors of Opportunity for ALL of Our Members


A joyful old song my grandmother sang to me as a child said:


"the more we get together the happier we'll be!"


This is so true of membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution!  We get together attired in colonial costume or evening gown, work clothes or tea dresses, sometimes with white gloves - sometimes with bare hands stained with dirt from tree planting, and each time we get together there are so many smiles and so much happy camaraderie that it is infectious!  Non-members can't help but be attracted to such joy and this is what encourages membership growth!  This is MY DAR!


Shatemuc Chapter's big day of opportunity, that opens so many doors, takes place on the second Saturday each June.  Now in its fourth year, it grows bigger and better each year.  We open our hands and our hearts to all who want to retire their old, tattered, and worn U.S. family flags, respectfully, in a patriotic historic setting.  Invited to take part are the Stony Point Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (ceremony), Lt. Abraham Onderdonk Chapter Children of the American Revolution (pamphlets & programs),  and Daniel De Clerque Chapter Daughters of the Colonists (refreshments).  In this way we pull all of our historic family together to assist the general public, to offer a service in hospitality to our neighbors, and to get to know each other better in a casual setting outside of the chapter business atmosphere.  The Stony Point Battlefield Management and Staff provide cannon & musket fire, and an encampment.  

Two years ago, a Boy Scout Troop joined us.  Last year the Iwo Jima Chapter, Navy Jr. ROTC Sea Cadets came on board, and, dressed in their Navy whites, hoisted the flag to begin the ceremonies.  This is one time and place when, and where, we can go into the public eye.  We can show people who we are, how hospitable we are, and at the same time, enjoy our very special sisterhood in a very special place.  Finally, the ashes of the flags are interred in the Veterans Cemetery where Shatemuc has been given its own plot for this purpose.  The Color Guard of the United States Marine Corps League presents the colors.


At the historic Stony Point Battlefield, American Patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes for a free nation fully realizing that they were outnumbered by the British 3 to 1.  In this hallowed place we offer the opportunity of friendship and sociability to the Daughters.    Here we offer hospitality and possible prospective membership to guests.  ~ and, the song finishes:


"For your friend is my friend and my friend is your friend.  

The more we get together, the happier we will be."





Shatemuc Chapter actively seeks new members and opportunities to promote DAR objectives in our community.  Any woman is eligible for membership if she is at least 18 years old and can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.  She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage, and death.  No chapter may discriminate against any applicant based on race or religion.


Contact our Registrar, Barbara de Mare, for information on how to join our chapter.


For a more detailed description of eligibility requirements, follow this link to NSDAR Eligibility Requirements on the National Society's website.


If you think you may have a qualifying ancestor, you may contact the Patriotic Lookup Service which can tell you whether your ancestor is already in the NSDAR Patriot Index.  


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