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Welcome to the
Wizard of Tamassee Chapter
Seneca, SC

South Carolina Society
Daughters of the American Revolution



The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, DC, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.

Our chapter was founded in 1916 and is named for the famous (infamous from the viewpoint of the Cherokee) General Andrew Pickens. In 1776, the Cherokee of Tamassee were successfully defending their land from then Captain Pickens and his soldiers. Then suddenly, they heard: Pop! Pop! Pop! The Cherokee retreated because additional white men seemed to have materialized from nowhere to shoot at them. Actually, the popping noise can be attributed to a dry canebrake catching fire. From that day forth, the Cherokee claimed that Pickens possessed wizardly powers.

It is interesting to note that the area known as Tamassee, nestled in the Cheohee Valley, had a special significance to the Cherokee. The name Tamassee means "place of the sunlight of God." Few arrowheads are found in the hills and glades of Tamassee because the beauty of this place inspired the Cherokee to live peacefully here. Moreover, other tribes were welcomed to Tamassee to trade, not to engage in war.

In addition to its rich history, Tamassee is vitally important today. The Tamassee DAR School offers a safe and healthy haven for children from ages 13 to 18 who must be removed from their homes due to a crisis. Our chapter supports the mission of the Tamassee DAR School as one of our projects.

We are located in Seneca, South Carolina, and would love to talk to you about becoming a member of the Society. We welcome new members who may have relocated to the Seneca area. Moreover, we extend a warm welcome to prospective members who may need assistance gathering their documentation tracing ancestors back to the time of the American Revolution. If you would like more information about the DAR, including membership requirements, please e-mail our chapter contact person:

Peg Stutsman

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