Our Chapter History

Who We Are and What We Do

The Governor Treutlen Chapter of the DAR was organized October 7, 1907, at the home of Annie Wade Harris. Mrs. Harris was the great granddaughter of Governor John Adam Treutlen and was the organizing regent from the Marshallville DAR Chapter. Three other charter members, Carolyn Harris Hafter, Lula Frederick Riley, and her daughter Carrie Eloise, were lineal descendants of Governor Treutlen.


Image of members celebrating the chapter's 50th anniversary
Celebrating the Chapter's 50th Anniversary

Over the years the chapter's membership rose and fell but remained strong. The chapter unceasingly supported all of the DAR schools as well as Peach County schools over the years. It has continually participated in beautification projects and patriotic events.

Image of members celebrating the chapter's 75th anniversary
Celebrating the Chapter's 50th Anniversary

Our chapter was also active in campaigning for the creation of Peach County. The chapter assisted in having the remains of Joanna Troutman, maker of the first Texas flag, removed from an obscure grave here in Georgia and returned to Austin, Texas. Governor Treutlen Chapter has been instrumental in marking the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers as well as placing a memorial locally in honor of Governor Treutlen. The chapter also successfully undertook the difficult task of securing an authentic signature of Governor Treutlen.

Image of the Fort Valley mayor signing a procalamation for Governor Treutlen Day
The Fort Valley Mayor Signs a Proclamation for Governor Treutlen Day

Our chapter is most proud of completing the long and difficult project of compiling a history of Peach County and its families. Our chapter has been around a long time. Our 25th Anniversary was proudly celebrated and then came our 50th Anniversary. In honor of the Chapter's 50th Anniversary one of the members wore a beautiful, ruffled, hand-embroidered gown from 1907. When we celebrated 75 years she once again wore the dress to the celebration that was featured in the newspaper. Several photos were published, including one with the heading "exquisite gown featured."

We are proud to say that we have since celebrated our 100th Anniversary and look forward to our 125th year of public service and patriotism.

Image of members celebrating the chapter's 100th anniversary
Celebrating the Chapter's 100th Anniversary