Chapter Origins

Organized on September 27, 1898, the Mecklenburg Chapter, NSDAR, was the FIRST chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the State of North Carolina.

Harriet Nesbit Latta

The historic Mecklenburg Chapter charter meeting was held at the home of Mary Dewey Osborne (Mrs. F.I. Osborne) and led by our State Founding Regent Harriet Nesbit Latta (Mrs. Edward Dilworth Latta) who was known for her outstanding leadership abilities. Because of the perseverance and enthusiasm of Mrs. Latta and the fourteen charter members, it became necessary to add other chapters.

Under Mrs. Latta's leadership, the first five NSDAR chapters in the State of North Carolina were founded. The date of the chartering meeting was selected to commemorate the anniversary of the Revolutionary Battle of Charlotte which was fought on September 26, 1780.

Our first Mecklenburg Chapter regent was Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, wife of Thomas Johnathan "Stonewall" Jackson.

Mary Anna Morrison Jackson

Our Our Second Mecklenburg Chapter regent was Mary Van Landingham

Mary Van Landingham
Monument honoring the patriots of the local Revolutionary skirmish, "Battle of the Bees," Courtesy of Nancy Mertz

Our chapter's first monument was erected at the McIntyre Farm in honor of the "Battle of the Bees," October 3, 1780. The McIntyre Farm monument was also the first DAR monument in the State of North Carolina placed in 1901.