John Carroll Society  C.A.R.

Local Society of Virgina Society, Children of the American Revolution

Welcome to our Homepage!
The John Carroll Society is apart of the Virgina Society Children of the American Revolution. Nestled in the small town of Hillsville, Virgina  the John Carroll Society is named after John Carroll.
 During the 1842 session of the Virginia General Assembly, despite opposition, John Carroll successfully sponsored a bill partitioning Grayson County and forming a new county, thus fulfilling his campaign pledge. Local tradition holds that the controversy over the new county's name was resolved when there was agreement to honor Charles Carroll of Carrollton in Maryland, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. John Carroll's last residence, located nearby, was a plain two-story frame house with a gable roof. Carroll, born in Ireland in 1801, died in 1860 and is buried in Wytheville.

The John Carroll Society meets conjointly with their sponsoring unit 
Appalachian Trail Chapter NS
DAR. For more information please email us. Our email is for more information on joining our chapter and learning about American history.

 We have received several inquiries about general Virgina Membership outside of our membership area. If you are interested in joining but are outside of our area please email the Senior State President Mrs. Heather Simpson at

John Carroll Society Officers

2013-2014 Officer

President: Sarah Musser

  Chaplin: Caroline Musser
Recording Secretary: Molly Widener
Corresponding Secretary:
Victoria Sweeney
Treasurer: Ashton Smith

Registrar: Alexis Ashby

Librarian: Catherine Kahle

Historian: Abby Kahle

Curator: Elizabeth Sweeney

National President's Theme and Project

“Pursuit of Happiness”

 National Project
 Caitlin M. Collins
“We hold these truths to be self‐ evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"

 N.S.C.A.R. will raise funds in support of the Student Veterans of America (SVA). The funds raised will go towards helping veterans with the following:

Educational scholarships
SVA Student Chapters
Campus Veteran Centers
       Leadership Development
Advocacy Work
                                         The plan is to raise. $50,000!


State's President's Theme and Project

Chas Leiss

State Theme & Project

2013-2014 State Theme:  “History is Forever”

2013-2014 State Project

Gunston Hall—Lorton, VA—The Kitchen Yard Project

A brief History of Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall was once the center of a 5,500 acre tobacco and corn plantation.  Its owner, George Mason IV (1725-1792) was a fourth generation Virginian who became a senior statesman and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Mason was among the first to call or such fundamental American liberties as religious toleration and freedom of the press. Gunston Hall is a perfect example of the classic Georgian plantation architecture.  The home and much of the grounds are protected for future generations to enjoy. The visitors center contains exhibits which highlight details of George Mason’s civic career and the lasting influences on USA.  Gunston Hall currently serves between 27,500 and 30,000 visitors yearly.

The state project is to raise funds to replace some deteriorated fencing and broken gates leading to the Kitchen Yard.  This is an important area for the restoration efforts at Gunston Hall as they strive to represent daily life on an early American Plantation. Since this is such an important and historic property, all materials used have to be period appropriate including the wood, nails, paint, and methods of construction.  It will require a master carpenter familiar with these techniques. Gunston Hall will in return place a plaque at the Kitchen Yard Gates to show that Virginia Children of the American Revolution was responsible for the restoration efforts.


Harriett M. Lothrop (1844 - 1924), NSDAR member and well-known author, founded the N.S.C.A.R. in 1895 to instill patriotic values in the youth of America. During the 1895 NSDAR Continental Congress Mrs. Lothrop delivered a moving speech to its members urging them to join her in helping create a patriotic organization for their children. Mrs. Lothrop's vision was well received, and the Children of the American Revolution was founded on April 5, 1895. Below you will find excerpts of her speech to the Daughters.

 How I created N.S.C.A.R. by Harriett M. Lothrop

"I think you will agree with me that the hope of this country is with her youth. All of us now convened in a few years will pass from the scene; those to follow us will be the ones who are now in their formative state under our guidance. Into their hands will be laid the important trusts, the weighty responsibilities, the affairs of government, the whole executive and moral forces that make or mar the country. Tremendous questions of moral, civil, and religious nature are to arise in the not distant future. Already some of them are overwhelming us. Face to face we as a nation are to be brought to issues, vital not alone in this country, but the whole world. America as a nation is yet in her infancy. It doth not yet appear what she is to become among the nations of earth. Certainly no one who reads the signs of the times can doubt that God has designed a mighty work to be achieved by her. Into her vast territories have been and are now pouring millions who "seek the home of the free." Evangelizing America means evangelizing the world. American institutions and principles means evangelization. Civil and religious liberty, built on the eternal principles of truth, honesty, and tolerance, means a God-fearing and God-loving nation."

                                Virginia State D.A.R. meeting March 2013


Guilford Courthouse 232th Anniversary

March 16, 2013  


Links Links Links

National webpage @ http:/ for all things N.S.C.A.R.

 State webpage @ for all things V.S.C.A.R.

 Proudly Supported by Appalachian Trial Chapter NSDAR

 “Good citizens cannot be made suddenly.
  They must grow...” Harriett Lothrop