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Welcome! We are the Beacon Fire Chapter NSDAR of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Summit, New Jersey. Our members live in and around the Summit community. We are women from diverse backgrounds with a shared interest in supporting the DAR objectives of preserving history, providing education, and promoting patriotism. 

What is the DAR?
Founded in 1890, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical women's service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The common bond of NSDAR members is their lineal descent from patriots of the American Revolution.
 
When you join the NSDAR, you become part of a network of more than 185,000 vibrant, active members in 3,000 chapters around the world. They include First Ladies and firsts in their field, actresses and adventurers, artists and authors, doctors and nurses, educators and engineers, and even pioneers in space. While their accomplishments are as diverse as their professions, all of them share a sense of purpose and pride while forming lifelong bonds and honoring their revolutionary ancestors. 


Who is the Beacon Fire Chapter, NSDAR?
The Beacon Fire Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Summit, New Jersey, on December 7, 1922. The chapter takes its name from the signal fire atop a hill “about a mile southeast of Chatham Bridge” during the American Revolutionary War. This hill is now known as Beacon Hill. From the start, Beacon Fire Chapter NSDAR members have worked in local communities to advance the NSDAR objectives of preserving history, providing education, and promoting patriotism. 
Our chapter members range from age 18 to over 90 years old, each with a sense of pride in the contributions our ancestors made as patriots in the American Revolution and with an interest in supporting the NSDAR objectives of historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

In honor of our veterans on Memorial Day, the Beacon Fire Chapter NSDAR places a wreath on the
War Memorial on Summit’s City Green.

The memorial rock and plaque placed at the
Reeves Reed Arboretum to mark the spot where the original Beacon Fires were located to warn George Washington about approaching British troops
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In honor of Summit's Revolutionary War Patriots, the Beacon Fire Chapter NSDAR dedicated a plaque at the War Memorial on Summit’s City Green.

The Beacon Fire Chapter NSDAR established a history display within the library at
the Reeves Reed Arboretum.