Welcome to The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Tennessee

Dear Prospective Dame,

Welcome to our Tennessee Society. Look at who we are, what we do, and why we have a common bond in those who have gone before. The ways in which we honor our ancestors, whose service and sacrifice have allowed for our freedoms today, are central to our mission of promoting our national heritage. Through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects we have created a fellowship of women who protect our ideals of the past, treasure our friendships always, and encourage our future generations in love of country.

We want you to contact us and ask questions about what it means to become a Tennessee Colonial Dame. You will find us to be genuine, sociable, and hospitable to all members (new, young, and young-at-heart.) We are looking forward to your inquiry.


The Board of Managers

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Tennessee

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America works to inspire all people to understand and honor our origins as a nation.

Our first HAPS Fund recipient and Congressional Essay Winners

Rachel Bennett is the oldest of 4 sisters and lives on a 35 acre farm with her family on the Cumberland Plateau. She is a 16 year old junior in high school and she is homeschooled. She has many passions such as government, music, 4-H, and horsemanship. Every February, she attends TeenPact government camp at our state capitol and was recently elected governor by her class. She regularly plays guitar and sings in her church youth choir as well as participating in the youth leadership program at her church. She is a member of the Tennessee 4-H state champion livestock team for 2017 and went on to compete nationally to win 3rd high individual in swine judging at the National Livestock Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. But by far, her most memorable accomplishment this year was her participation in the Extreme Mustang Makeover Event in Lexington, Kentucky. While Rachel is an accomplished western and English rider, this event challenged her horsemanship abilities in a completely novel way. Currently the Bureau of Land Management cares for over 50,000 wild mustangs and burros in both short term and long-term facilities. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover to bring awareness to the plight of our American mustang while highlighting the versatility and showmanship of these beautiful animals. It is the hope of the Mustang Heritage Foundation that as awareness increases, adoption of these wild mustangs will also increase. For the event, Rachel was paired with a wild Mustang she named Troubadour. She was given 100 days to train Troubadour. The pair then returned to compete in a trail class, a handling and conditioning class, and give their final freestyle performance. Rachel ended up winning the youth division. She brought home a cash prize of $4000 and more importantly, was able to adopt her beloved mustang Troubadour. One of the biggest takeaways for Rachel was learning to believe in herself and gain confidence in her horsemanship abilities. Rachel has since opened her own business called RB horsemanship and now she trains other people’s horses to be wonderful equine companions. Rachel was featured last month on WBIR where she discussed the mustang competition and her new equine business. She is looking forward to growing her business this summer and cannot wait for the wonderful new experiences she will gain from her week in Washington.

The 2018 essay question for the Colonial Dames Congressional essay competition was this: “ Why did the authors of the United States Constitution give Presidents the power to issue Executive orders? How did Congress and the Judicial Branch limit these orders?

Our three winners exhibited their interest and knowledge in the way they perfectly answered the question. They will spend June 23-29th in our nation’s capital…meeting U.S. Senators and Representatives, touring our National monuments and hearing guest speakers. Our Tennessee Committees are so excited to have three winners this year.

Mick Rash is our national winner. He is a junior at West High School and is involved in the Harvard Model Congress, Youth in Government and Varsity tennis. Mick says he entered the contest to experience and learn more about our national government in our capital.

Daniel Scrugham is a state winner and is a sophomore at Berean Christian School, is a devoted Christian, a 4 year Superior National Guild Piano recipient, a National Latin Exam Gold medal winner and the 2017 winner of the East Tennessee Middle School Chess championship. He is the founder of InvestRight Media, he is a stock market and cryptocurrency investor and radio host of Early Investing Podcast which is featured on WBIR news.

Rachel Bennett is also one of our state winners .Rachel is a homeschooled junior from Robbins, Tennessee. She is a member of the 4-H State Champion livestock team and won 3rd highest individual swine judging at the National Livestock Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was elected Governor of her class at TeenPact camp in Nashville. She won the Youth division of the Extreme Mustang Makeover Event in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the founder of RB Horsemanship and trains other people’s horses to be equine companions. Rachel also plays the guitar and sings in her youth choir and is involved in church leadership programs.

I’m worn out just thinking about all that the three of you do! You are all very accomplished and are offering back to society in such a positive way. Thank you so much for entering the contest….we are so proud to be sending the three of you to Washington. Congratulations!!



Museum Properties

  • Dumbarton House
  • Gunston Hall
  • Sulgrave Manor
  • Travellers Rest

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.