Beacon Fire Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Summit, New Jersey

Welcome! We are the Beacon Fire Chapter, 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 190,000 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, supporting 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. 

Honoring our Veterans

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

Marching in Parades

Beacon Fire Chapter, NSDAR, marches in Summit's annual
Memorial Day Parade.

Supporting Naturalization Ceremonies

Beacon Fire Chapter, NSDAR, participated in a
Naturalization Ceremony at Liberty State Park.

Honoring Revolutionary War Patriots

Beacon Fire Chapter, NSDAR, dedicated a monument at Summit’s Memorial Park to honor Summit's Revolutionary War Patriots.

Today's DAR

While the NSDAR principles remain unchanged, the work and membership of the NSDAR have evolved over time. The following videos from our national organization highlight the volunteer service of our members. 

Today's DAR

DAR Member Profiles - Who We Are

DAR Resources  

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Photo credit: Lois Hageman and Amanda Greene, Beacon Fire Chapter, NSDAR

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Site Last Updated February 23, 2023.