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Norwalk to Host Local NSDAR Fairfield County Chapters’ Event in October

Once each year the Drum Hill, Good Wife’s River, Hannah Benedict Carter and Norwalk-Village Green NSDAR Chapters hold a group meeting. This year the Norwalk-Village Green Chapter will host the meeting on Wednesday, October 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.

This year’s event will be unique: The event will be held in the evening and the Eunice Dennie Burr, Putnam Hill, and Stamford Chapters have been invited to attend. The special, members-only event will include individual chapter meetings; dinner; a tour given by Brian J. Fisher, facilities coordinator, of select rooms in the mansion; and a presentation given by Mr. Edward O’Hara about the history of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion. The Mansion Gift Shop will be open during the event. Some of the NSDAR chapters will be selling gift baskets and other items. The Norwalk-Village Green Chapter is pleased to welcome State Vice Regent, Alice Ridgeway, to the event.

It seems only fitting that the local chapters meet in this local, historic location. In 1965, when the mansion was in a deteriorated condition, owned by the city, and without a source of sufficient funds for maintaining the building, the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk, with members from Westport, Wilton, Ridgefield, and New Canaan, and members of the towns of Darien, Norwalk and Stamford proposed to lease the building from the City and establish a Museum Corporation board to restore and operate it as a public museum, a national center for Victorian studies, and a community center for exhibits and concerts. Because of this local community effort, the local NSDAR chapters can gather here nearly 50 years later.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum was designated a national historic landmark in 1971. Built between 1864 and 1868, the mansion is regarded as one of the earliest Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. It has been featured in A&E’s America’s Castles and appeared in the movie Stepford Wives and in the television series House of Dark Shadows.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org. Anyone interested in the Norwalk-Village Green Chapter and local membership can find more information at www.NorwalkVillageGreenDAR.org.

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