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Chapter History

      The Berryman Green Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded at South Boston, Virginia, on February 2, 1935. Martha Bedford Yancey (Mrs. Berryman IV) was the Organizing Regent. There were ten charter members:
Crowell, Ethel Ransome (Mrs. Thomas A., Sr.)
Green, Martha Bedford Yancey (Mrs. Berryman, IV)
Harris, Sallie Lovelace (Mrs. John C.)
Harris, Eva Watkins (Mrs. Richard D.)
Lacy, Marian Spragins (Mrs. Malcolm B., Sr.)
Lee, Mable Jones (Mrs. W. H.)
Loftis, Frances Yates (Mrs. Nelson Page)
Penick, Lizzie Green (Mrs. Charles A.)
Seale, Alice Carrington (Mrs. W. B.)
Stover, Margaret Bell (Mrs. I. McNair)
Tuck, Eva Lovelace (Mrs. William M.)

      The present membership is fifty. The Chapter was named for Captain Berryman Green, who served in the 4th troop of "Light Horse Harry" Lee in 1776, and subsequently at Valley Forge as Paymaster for the First Continental Dragoons. His home, Green's Folly, Halifax, is now the handsome setting for the Green's Folly Golf Course.

      Berryman Green enlisted in the Continental Army at age twenty-two and on January 1, 1776, was given the rank of Captain. When he resigned his commission in 1779, he was awarded 4,000 acres of land. While at Valley Forge, he married Anne Pritchard. After her death, he married Nancy Terry, daughter of Colonel Nathaniel Terry.

      Chapter interests center particularly on historical, educational, and patriotic subjects, as well as genealogy. In 1974 the chapter was instrumental in relocating the Virginia "Campaign of 1781" highway marker at a site near where General Nathaniel Greene's army crossed the Dan River in February 1781. The chapter was responsible for building a memorial overlooking the site of "The Crossing of the Dan" in 1998.

      The book, The Race to the Dan, by W. Carol Headspeth and Spurgeon Compton, published in 1974, includes a roster of the Halifax County Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots. During 1974 and 1975 the graves of sixteen Halifax County Revolutionary soldiers were located and regarded in the NSDAR archives. The chapter placed a marker at the grave of Spencer Betts, Revolutionary soldier, in the Betts family cemetery, in tribute to all soldiers and patriots of the American Revolution.

      In 1998 the Chapter was responsible for restoring the cannon at the south entrance to the business district of South Boston, Virginia. The chapter had donated this cannon to the city on May 10, 1977.

      Beginning in 2008 the Anniversary of the Crossing of the Dan event is sponsored by the Chapter as an on-going project.

The Guilford Courthouse Fife & Drum Corp at Constitution Square in downtown South Boston, Virginia

Chapter Recieves National Award

      Bana Weems Caskey, Regent, VADAR, presented the NSDAR's first place national award for the Most Outstanding Chapter Commemorative Events Program for the year to past and present regents Lottie Nunn and Anne Raab, during the grand opening of The Crossing of the Dan permanent exhibit on July 26, 2008, located at The Prizery.

The 228th Crossing of the Dan, February 13th & 14th, 2009
News Story from the News & Record

The two-day Crossing of the Dan celebration on Friday and Saturday drew strong crowds, with Friday's events focusing on local sixth grade students who as part of their SOL testing study the American Revolution. "We are so fortunate to have the support of our schools," said Anne Raab, regent of the local DAR chapter who worked to involve the local students in the celebration.

Friday's two programs included art, essays and poetry competition winners recognitions. The students also presented a play for both programs which they produced especially for the event.

Attendance Friday drew a packed house as the students performed and were then treated to monologues by D'oyle Moore, portraying Gen. Nathanael Greene.

"The students were so interested and so well behaved," Raab said. "I hope this is something that we can continue to do in years to come."

"The student participation attracted the presence of two representatives of the National Trust for Historic Preservation on Friday", Raab said. Sonja Ingram, field representative for the APVA and Jennifer Hurst, statewide education coordinator for APVA, both came to the Friday programs and said they were very impressed that sixth graders were included in the celebration.

Raab also had high praise for colonial musician Ken Bloom, who she said "could play music on a rock. He was so knowledgeable about musical history and had made a banjo, which he played, from a gourd. He also played a flute he had made from the bone of a deer." Also featured on Friday evening was a lecture by Dr. Wayne Lee, Associate Professor of History at UNC, Chapel Hill, who presented information on the Revolution's military campaign in the southern states and particularly in North Carolina.

The Friday night pilgrimage to the Dan, highlighted by a big barn fire, was a special event of the evening, Raab said.

Saturday's program, beginning with a catered breakfast for members of the Sons of the Revolution and the Daughters of the Revolution, was followed by an address by Dr. Dennis Conrad, editor of Greene's papers. Conrad told his listeners much about Greene's philosophy which emphasized the importance of a strong cavalry as well as the mobility of small units of the military. Commanding small units enabled Greene to attack and then move quickly from place to place, Conrad told his listeners. The celebration ended with a pilgrimage to the Boyd's Ferry site on the Dan and a luncheon for some 70 guests in the banquet room of The Prizery.

"It was an absolutely wonderful celebration," Raab said on Sunday, noting that "Mother Nature couldn't have been better to us in providing the good weather for both days of the event."

2009 David Conner Photo Gallery

2014 Crossing with Replica Ferry

2014 Gazette-Virginian News Story & Photos

2014 News & Record Story & Photos

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