"Virginia Society's Oldest Continuously Active Chapter"
Welcome to the Richmond Chapter, Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) website. As an organization of men that have direct ancestral ties to the founding of the United States of America, we strive to perpetuate the ideals of freedom and patriotism. Our members regularly participate in local and national events that recognize the Institutions of American freedom, respect for our National symbols, value of American citizenship, and appreciation for true patriotism. We seek to continually extend and promote the unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people.
We believe this activity is very important and that each generation of Americans needs to remember the heroic acts of our forefathers courage, sacrifice, patriotism, tragedy, and triumph that led to the independence of the American people. These universal acts of man's eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it also is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.
The Richmond Chapter conducts monthly meetings September through May at the Westwood Club. Depending on the month, the meeting is held in conjunction with a hearty noon or evening meal. Presentations are regularly made by featured guest speakers. We welcome current and perspective SAR members to join us for warm fellowship and good cheer! Please click on the Calendar of events tab at the top for meeting dates and times. If you have questions, please click on the Contacts and Leadership tab for assistance. We hope you enjoy visiting our site and thank you for your interest in the Richmond Chapter SAR.
Richmond has an extensive and important history with the American Revolutionary War period:
In March 1775, the Second Virginia Convention began in St. John's Church in Richmond. The President of the Convention was Peyton Randolph. Among the 120 delegates were Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Other notable delegates were Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Mann Randolph, Richard Bland, Richard Henry Lee, and Francis Lightfoot Lee. Debate centered around the perceived need to raise a militia to resist encroachments on civil rights by the British Government under King George III. Patrick Henry, a delegate from Hanover County, rose in support of a militia, and with his fiery speech concluding with the words "Give me liberty or give me death!" swayed the vote.
The Third Virginia Convention was held at St. John's Church on July 17, 1775 to organize the troops and the war effort of Virginia. George Washington of Fairfax Virginia had been appointed head of the American Army. The delegates acknowledged the debt to Patrick Henry whose wisdom had already begun the arming of the colony, and he was named the first Governor of Virginia.
St John's Church Cemetery holds the remains of a large number of Revolutionary War patriots including George Wythe Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Brigadier General William Chamberlayne, and Governor Colonel James Wood. Nearby, Hollywood Church Cemetery is the final resting place of patriot and President James Monroe and Shockoe Hill Cemetery holds patriot and US Chief Justice John Marshall in addition to many other patriots.