Fort Frederica Chapter:
A Brief History
On April 16, 1960, thirty five women signed the charter for the organization of Fort Frederica Chapter, NSDAR.
Our Chapter had the distinction and honor of having the oldest living World War I veteran in the state of Georgia holding chapter membership. Mildred Clark, a charter member was featured in the DAR magazine.
Gladys Fendig, charter member published two books in 1974, Historic Glimpses of Saint Simons and Foliage of Saint Simons Island which won a national DAR award.
The chapter is proud to recognize four NSDAR Certified Genealogy Consultants. They are Louise Henry, Ginny Griffith, M. G. Whittle and Teresa Daniels. They periodically hold public workshops for Coastal Historical Society. Over the years many hundreds of books have been donated to the Genealogy collection now housed at the Heritage Room in the library in Brunswick.
Fort Frederica Chapter: Celebrating 50 Years
About Fort Frederica
St. Simons Island, Georgia
When General James Oglethorpe laid claim to the Georgia territory for England, it was important to build settlements and establish defenses. He found the ideal site along the river banks on the western edge of St. Simons Island and named it Frederica.
In 1736, three years after the founding of Savannah, 44 men and 72 women and children arrived to build the fort and town, and by the 1740,s Frederica was a thriving village of about 500 citizens. When Spanish troops sought to capture St. Simons in 1742, Oglethorpe's men won a decisive victory in what is now called,"The Battle of Bloody Marsh." For time, Frederica prospered and grew. However, the declining military threat to the Georgia coast saw the Fort's regiment disbanded in 1749.
Today, you can visit the site of Fort Frederica, a national park, and see the ruins of the fortifications, barracks and homes. A museum, film, dioramas, tours, and demonstrations bring the settlement vividly back to life.