'Lady Knox' turns 115 years old

Jan 06, 2013

Rockport — The public is invited to the 115th birthday celebration of the Lady Knox Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

An open house with cake and punch will be held at the Samoset Resort on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. A cash bar will be available.

On Jan. 17, 1898, 12 women met at the home of Eva Arey Butler in Rockland to found the Lady Knox Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The chapter name was chosen to honor the wife of the famous patriot, General Henry Knox. Lady Knox, as she was known at Montpelier in Thomaston, was “a woman of strong force of character.” Her loyalty to the cause of the patriots “was bravely manifested throughout the days of the American Revolution.”

The first officers elected for the new Chapter were Ada J. Simonton Blackington, regent; Sarah Hall Kaler, vice-regent; Julia Allen Burpee, treasurer; Maude Simpson Smith, secretary; Alsy Coburn, registrar; Jennie Blackington, chaplain and Cora Farrow Kittredge, historian. These ladies represented the towns of the Rockland area.

Early work by the chapter included improving the Old Tolman Cemetery — site of 12 Revolutionary War soldiers’ graves, adding more than 100 historical books to the public library and furnishing a room at the Knox Hospital. In the 1930s Rockland’s Lady Knox Chapter joined Thomaston’s General Knox Chapter in donating to the recently built Knox Memorial, later to be called Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum.

Today the Lady Knox Chapter continues patriotic and educational activities such as the Good Citizen Awards and the American History Essays in the local schools, assistance to veterans, as well as its close association with Montpelier.

The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to preserving American history, securing America’s future through better education and promoting patriotism.

Membership in DAR is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.



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