News from our Tennessee Chapters



Col. Gideon Macon Chapter at historic Mandle/Harding House

December 15, 2018

Members of the Col. Gideon Macon Chapter DAC attended the John Babb Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Christmas Tea hosted by member Noragene Harding and husband Ray on December 15. Their historical home was beautifully decorated, the food was great and everyone enjoyed the Paris Special School District Stings playing Christmas carols as guests toured the home. The Mandle/Harding house was built in 1920. Sidney and Elna Mandle bought it in 1923.

In 1933, a major renovation was begun. Upon completion, the house had 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, a large den with slate floors, 3 fireplaces, a living room, a large foyer and stair case trimmed in walnut and cherry, a hand painted dining room mural in the style of early French wallpaper, a kitchen with a massive sink dating from 1920, a 3rd floor ballroom, screened porch, garages for 4 cars, a large swimming pool, and a one acre lawn. The house today is essentially unchanged though the pool has been removed. Around 1942, General John B. Maynard, Commandant of Camp Tyson, lived in the west wing of the second floor of the house. In 1998, Ray and Noragene Harding bought the house and finished the renovation and landscaped the grounds. They hold dinner parties, dances, and reunions. When their two daughters, sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren come to visit the house really comes alive.".




Middle Plantation Chapters Sponsors Screaming Eagle Honor Flight

June 8, 2018

As a Veterans Service Project, the Middle Plantation Chapter decided to sponsor a woman veteran on a Screaming Eagle Honor Flight. A year in the planning, Colonel Patricia Gill (Ret.) flew to Washington, D.C., June 9, 2018, with about 25 other Veterans and their companions for a day visiting four Military Memorials and Arlington Cemetery. Patricia served about 20 years in the Army as a nurse, which included a tour in Viet Nam. At the Nashville Airport, the Veterans were given an Honor Guard send off and return welcome with cheering and clapping. ".




Col. Gideon Macon Chapter Bring Colonial Life to Henry County Schools

October 23, 2017

Chapter Registrar Mary Ann Claxton presented the DAC Colonial Education Kit to all Fourth Grade students in the three Henry County elementary schools during the week of Oct. 23. This matched with their curriculum study at the time as they were just ready to begin study of the Revolutionary War. Students watched a PowerPoint presentation giving information from the kit notebook and then broke into groups to try their hand at writing with a quill, playing marbles, and swinging a ball into a cup on a stick as well as getting to – among other things – hold a musket ball (“WOW! That’s HEAVY!!), feel animal furs (“I LOVE the rabbit fur!”), and match careers with a picture of their product (“What does a cooper do?”).


Middle Plantation Chapter Hears about Screaming Eagle Honor Flight

September 2017



The Middle Plantation Chapter hosted speaker Mike Flood at its September 2017 meeting. Mr. Flood is retired military and Chairman of the Screaming Eagles Honor Flight, located in Clarksville, and flies from the Nashville Airport. He spoke about the history of the Honor Flight program nationally and how the Screaming Eagles group began. The Middle Plantation Chapter is sponsoring a woman veteran for the Screaming Eagles Honor Flight in the Spring of 2018.


Col. Gideon Macon Chapter provides flags for The Moving Wall

August 31, 2017

Paris, Tennessee, Elementary School students lined the sidewalk in front of the school, waving flags donated by Col. Gideon Macon Chapter members to salute the coming of The Moving Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial which came down the street in front of their school on its way to display at Eiffel Tower Park, Aug. 31, 2017. The memorial was on display 24 hours a day over Labor Day weekend with closing ceremonies on Monday, Sept. 4.


Middle Plantation Chapter Member Attends Ft. Campbell

September 2016



September 9, 2016, found Middle Plantation chapter member Carolyn Christian Martin at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky for the unveiling of a monument to honor the fallen soldiers in Viet Nam from the 327 ABN Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.  792 names are inscribed of the fallen troopers who died between 1965 and 1972. Carolyn’s husband, Chet Martin, was a member of the famous ABU Company, 327th Regiment from 1961-1963 and went to Viet Nam with these troopers in 1965 as a member of the 1st Division, 101st Airborne Unit. There were more than 200 former and present day troopers at the buffet dinner held on Saturday night at Ft Campbell’s Cole Commons.


Clay Lick Chapter Recognizes Then and Now Columnist

May 2016



The Clay Lick Chapter presented a certificate of appreciation to Charlotte Reedy for the historical column “Then and Now” that she writes for The Robertson County Times. These stories of our country’s history, of her citizens, events and those who contributed so much to the life we enjoy today, do keep our history alive for this generation to enjoy. The DAC Chapter Regent, Freda Herndon, presented the certificate to Reedy along with a monetary gift to Eugene Beck Jr., President of the Robertson County Historical Society.The Robertson County Museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment for groups. From Left, Eugene Beck, Robertson County (TN) Historical Society President; David Allen, Museum Director; Linda D. Dean, Clay Lick Chapter Member and National Vice President Blue Ridge Section; Freda Herndon, Chapter Regent; and Charlotte Reedy, author of the “Then and Now” articles.


Prudence Hall Chapter Supports Habitat for Humanity

March 2016


Prudence Hall DAC members had a unique opportunity to witness and participate in the dedication of a Habitat for Humanity Home in Columbia, TN on Sunday March 7, 2016.  Prudence Hall DAC Chapter members furnished the American Flag that flew from the front porch of the home of Ms. Shateka McCord and her two children. This is one of the projects taken on by members for the 2016 year. Nine flags have been furnished to the Williamson-Maury Counties Habitat project. Becket Moore, HFHWM Executive Director, was assisted in the dedication by members of his staff: Emma Couch, Wayne Weaver and Ronnie McCoy. Recognition was given to numerous schools, organizations, companies and individuals. It was noted the different schools that took part in building the Habitat House, they are:  Brentwood High School, Centennial High School, Currey Ingram Academy, Franklin High School, Summit High School, Independence High School and Ravenwood High School.

Prudence Hall members pictured with Executive Moore, left,are: Faye Henson, Jennie Jo Hardison, Nancy Coghlan, Susan Gouch and Carole Fields.


Middle Plantation Recognizes Hendersonville Master Sergeant

May 2015


The Middle Plantation Chapter recently awarded two Medals and Certificates at Hendersonville High School in Henderson, Tennessee, but not to two Cadets. Sue MacFarland Groves, Middle Plantation Chapter National Awards Chairman and current Chapter Regent, presented a Medal and Certificate to Cadet Lilly Ulferts for Outstanding Ability and Achievement and Patriotism.

The second Medal and Certificate went to Master Sergeant Tim Clenny in recognition of his Commitment and Dedication as a leader to the Hendersonville High School Marine JROTC program.

The Middle Plantation Chapter was able to present this award to Master Sergeant Clenny after a change in the National Awards By-Laws, which allowed awards to special people for meritorious service. Master Sergeant Clenny received the award for his ability to bring out the best in the Cadets, the results being award-winning young people.