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                                              Welcome                                                                       Our chapter is located in Tazewell County, Virginia         
                                                                 MAIDEN SPRING                                                                                                   
                                                                 Photo courtesy of chapter member Irene B. Wendell
                      
                                    

                                                                                               ABOUT OUR CHAPTER                                                         

      The Fort Maiden Spring Chapter conducted an organizational meeting on August 9, 1924, at the home of Ruth Pepper Gillespie.  Potential names for the chapter were nominated and officers were elected. Virginia Holmes Greever was elected the first regent.  The chapter was officially organized November 8, 1924. This chapter has been named in honor of a stockade begun in 1773 by Rees Bowen in present day Tazewell County, Virginia.  According to a history paper on Fort Maiden Spring by former Regent Ardelle McMillen Reed, this stockade was the second one in the region, and was built near a spring of unusual boldness and volume, flowing from a cavern at the base of a huge limestone cliff.  This site was named Maiden Spring. Folklore said that a frontiersman killed a young doe at this spring and named the spring in honor of this “maiden denizen of the forest.” Maiden Spring was also the home of Rees Bowen and these lands are still in the same family today.
 
By the end of the chapter’s first year it had 29 members.  Today there are 63 members, not only from the local area but also from across the U.S.  The present regent is Lena Robbins Brunk and the registrar is Susie Shrader. For more information on membership and meeting times please e-mail fortmaiden@gmail.com. This chapter participates in the various patriotic programs established by the National Society Daughters American Revolution and the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
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Last Updated July 12, 2011.

                                    

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