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DAR Brevard Chapter Enters Its Second Century


Last updated 2/22/2021 at 3:14pm

In late February of last year, the Waightstill Avery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) gathered at the Silvermont mansion to honor one of the founding members of the Brevard chapter, Elizabeth Silversteen. As a part of the ceremony, a re-enactment of the day-to-day life of Silversteen was performed. (Times photo by Matt McGregor)

As they welcomed the new year of 1921, the 9,300 residents of Transylvania County looked ahead with hope.

The deadly Spanish flu pandemic and World War I were behind them, and the future seemed full of promise.

On Jan. 11, 1921, headed by Miss Annie Jean Gash, nine members-at-large of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), met to form a new DAR chapter in Brevard.

They named it for North Carolinian patriot Waightstill Avery, a colonel in the American Revolution and a direct ancestor of founding Regent Miss Gash.

Sixteen Daughters then gathered on March 24,...

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