National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
Irondequoit Chapter
Rochester, New York

Irondequoit Chapter, organized February 15, 1894
The Hervey Ely Chapter House

Welcome to the Irondequoit Chapter website. Our chapter was founded in Rochester, NY, on the 15th of February 1894, thirty years after the Civil War while Grover Cleveland was President of the United States and Coca Cola was first bottled. In 2014, we celebrate 120 years of continued service to our community and county.  

Under the leadership of Carolyn Crafts Little, sixteen women joined together to become the founders of our chapter. One of these women was Louisa Rochester Pitkin, the daughter of Revolutionary War patriot, Nathaniel Rochester, founder of our city. Louisa was the oldest founding member at age 84. The membership grew quickly and among them were eight women whose fathers had served in the Revolutionary war along with one of Rochester's most notable citizens and our most famous member Susan B. Anthony.

The Irondequoit chapter was founded four years after the National Society was formed in 1890 and we still share the same goals and motivation as those women whose living legacy we have become.

Today's DAR is a thriving women's service organization which focuses on work in local communities to promote Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. There are 175,000 DAR members in 3,000 chapters located across the country and around the world. The DAR is non-profit and non-political and any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence may join, regardless of race, religion or creed.

The Irondequoit Chapter has 150 members whose activities include awarding scholarships to eligible Monroe County high school graduates, promoting Constitution Week in local schools, recognizing Community Service, presenting Good Citizen awards and ROTC medals; collecting donations for the Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC), the Early Childhood Learning Center (OSIT), active duty military, and the Bath and Canandaigua VA Hospitals.

The Irondequoit Chapter's DAR House, also known as the Hervey Ely House has been our home for meetings, events, community outreach and sisterly fun since 1920. It stands as a good example of how the DAR works in the area of historic preservation. To read more about the home see the Hervey Ely House page.

Please browse through our website and the National website at to learn more about the Irondequoit Chapter and the NSDAR.

We believe the DAR provides a unique opportunity to honor your heritage and to serve your community and nation. We would be excited to have you join us at one of our meetings or events. For further information about membership and meetings please fill out the form on our Membership Information Page.

It is my sincere hope that you consider joining us as a member of the Irondequoit Chapter, DAR.

Celebrating America!

Susan Leighton, Regent
Irondequoit Chapter, NSDAR


The NY State Theme:
 "L I G H T  T H E WAY F O R  L I B E R T Y ' S  L E G A C Y . . . C A R P E  D I E M !"

Link to the New York State Organization, NSDAR

The National Theme:
Honoring Our Heritage - Focusing on the Future - Celebrating America!

Link to the National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution


Website created August 14, 2007
Updated: December 1, 2013

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