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911 Memorial flags, Harry Dunham Park, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

911 Memorial flags, Harry Dunham Park, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Photograph by Sheena Chi (written permission given to the Basking Ridge Chapter, NSDAR, to use on our web site)

"Basking Ridge Chapter chose to honor the town where it is located because of the historic incidents which took place there and in the area. It was at Basking Ridge in 1776, that General Lee, second in command of the Continental Army was captured by the British at the Widow White's Tavern. In 1779 when Washington established his winter headquarters in Morristown, the camp stretched over four miles to the south of Morristown on the Kemble and Wick farms, which were between Morristown and Basking Ridge."

"Among the famous names in the history of Basking Ridge is William Alexander who later became known as Lord Stirling. At the outset of the war, Lord Stirling was made Colonel of the first battalion of the Somerset militia, first body of troops with arms and ammunition at his own expense. He was very close to General Washington and rose to the rank of Major General. Washington and his officers were served refreshments by the ladies of the Presbyterian Church under the shade of the ancient Basking Ridge Oak which people today visit and recall the historic events it has witnessed." [History of Chapter Names of the New Jersey State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution 1891-1985. ed. Ruth Mary DeBruin.]

The first meeting of the Basking Ridge Chapter of the National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution was on November 6, 1934. There were nineteen charter members. Over the years, the chapter has promoted activities, which are historic, educational and patriotic in nature. Members have been active in the community and have facilitated many projects including updating vital statistics records at local libraries and marking of revolutionary war sites and graves. The chapter has endeavored to honor DAR Good Citizens, presented annual "excellence in history awards" at local schools, supported the DAR schools program, and various other programs, which promote the goals of the National Society. The chapter worked in conjunction with Beacon Fire Chapter, of Summit, New Jersey, local and state officials to place a marker in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the Washington-Rochambeau march through the area in 1781 that culminated in the surrender of British forces in Yorktown, VA.

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