National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Tennessee

Historical Activities

The Tennessee Society has many projects devoted to preserving the history of our families, our communities, and our state. A most successful project has been The Tennessee Portrait Project, a website sponsored by the Tennessee Dames which provides images of portraits and information about the subjects and artists for portraits housed in Tennessee or housed outside of Tennessee but of interest to Tennesseans, Members of the Knoxville Town Committee have created memory books with information about their family histories. Members of the Nashville Town Committee have been preserving video histories through their interviews of Nashville Dames who have recounted their personal histories, including their Dames' stories.

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Patriotic Service

The Tennessee Dames provide American History awards which are grants-in-aid to undergraduate and graduate students studying American History or related areas, such as Historic Preservation, in Tennessee colleges and universities. They also send an outstanding Tennessee high school student who is the winner of the Congressional Essay Contest to Washington, DC to participate in the week-long Washington Workshops Foundation Congressional Seminar. The Tennessee Dames also contribute to the American Indian Nurse Scholarship Fund, one of the first scholarship funds established by the Dames in 1927. Town Committees have projects to support American troops and veterans, sending care packages to combat areas and to Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany, as well as showing support and appreciation to veterans. They also attend Naturalization Ceremonies and welcome new citizens.


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Museum Properties

The headquarters of the NSCDA-TN is our historic museum property, Travellers Rest, the home of Judge John Overton and several generations of his descendants in Nashville. Travellers Rest, built in 1799, is the oldest historic house museum in Nashville which is open to the public. The house and grounds are open for tours daily, excepting Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

The NSCDA-TN also provides support for the following museum houses: Dumbarton House, the headquarters of the National Society in Washington, DC; Gunston Hall, home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights in Mason Neck, Virginia; and Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of George Washington in Northamptonshire, England.


Travellers Rest

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Travellers Rest Historic House Museum
Headquarters of
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Tennessee

636 Farrell Parkway
Nashville, TN 37220

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