The DAR was founded in October 1890, one hundred years after the war for our independence. Four ladies wished to form a group whose goals were to be historic, educational, and patriotic. One of these ladies, Mary Desha was from Kentucky.
The Captain William Rowan Chapter was organized in April 1949. The chapter was named for Captain William Rowan from Bardstown, Kentucky. Captain William Rowan was the father of Judge John Rowan who built the Federal-style home now commonly called "My Old Kentucky Home." The Rowan family first settled near Calhoun (Fort Vienna), Kentucky then moved to Bardstown where their son John would receive a better education.