The Gunter Mountain Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) was organized on June 28, 2006, with 19 organizing members. The Gunter Mountain Chapter NSDAR wishes to recognize and thank Jean W. Vaughan past Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution (ASDAR) State Regent; Virginia H. Cook, past Alabama State Organizing Secretary; Gary W. Cox, past ASDAR First Vice Regent, and Libby Bevel, Organizing Chapter Regent for the encouragement and support given during the organization and establishment of the chapter. The Gunter Mountain Chapter NSDAR membership will forever be indebted to these lovely ladies.
According to several accounts of the history of Marshall County, Alabama, the earliest settlers of the Gunter Mountain area came from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee between 1785 and 1830. They were Revolutionary War soldiers and their descendants. They found a beautiful, fertile land on Gunter Mountain located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
In the early 1900s, the Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution selected the rural area of Gunter Mountain to build a school to continue their mission of promoting educational opportunity. The DAR recognized in the people of Gunter Mountain a legacy of self-reliance and patriotism handed down from their forefathers. The school was built on land donated by the people of Gunter Mountain and built by the hard work of the local population.
The majority of the members of the Gunter Mountain Chapter NSDAR are descendants of Revolutionary War patriots who died in the Gunter Mountain and surrounding areas. The theme of the Revolutionary War, the soldiers and their descendants who settled Gunter Mountain, were some of the primary reasons for the selection of the location of the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School. The objectives of patriotism, education, and history fostered there, are woven together on Gunter Mountain.
We could think of no better tribute to this legacy than to name the DAR chapter at Grant, Alabama, the Gunter Mountain Chapter NSDAR.
We must not allow our past to slip away from us, but talk our history, teach our history and live surrounded by its memorials.
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