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. Our chapter honors God, home and country through local services for veterans, education, women's issues, historic preservation, national holidays, genealogy, and conservation.
The chapter is proud to recognize two NSDAR Certified Genealogy Consultants, Louise Henry and Ginny Griffith. Ginny is a volunteer for the Patriot Records Project, transcribing Revolutionary War patriot records for the DAR Genealogy Research System. She also serves on the GSSDAR State Application Team, assisting prospective members with applications. Ginny further serves as Vice-Chair of the GSSDAR Service for Veterans Committee. Louise served as State Chair of the Genealogical Records Committee, 2014-1016.
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.