Last Spring, our beloved Laurel Branch farmhouse received a grant from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for the much needed renovation of its southern side. While the project is extremely important and our proposal was strong, we mainly stood out because of the beautifully written support letter from the local Harmony Hall Chapter DAR. Although they are a smaller chapter, their excitement and interest in what we do here at the National Colonial Farm exceeds all expectations.
We invited the ladies to the farm for a specialized tour that focused on the farmhouse they have so graciously taken an interest in. Eight members took us up on our offer and visited the farm on October 18th. Our own Matt Mattingly, Manager of the National Colonial Farm, gave a tour that covered the history of the site, the Mount Vernon viewshed, and of course, the story behind Laurel Branch. After discussing the renovations that the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has funded, the ladies of Harmony Hall presented Matt with a donation of $500 to go towards continued maintenance of the house.
Here at the National Colonial Farm, we pride ourselves in being able to accurately portray and preserve 18th century history on this unique and meaningful piece of land. It is only through support from our members, donors, volunteers, and community organizations that this becomes a reality. The Harmony Hall Chapter of the DAR also recognizes the importance of preserving the history of Southern Maryland. We are grateful for their support and look forward to partnering with them on future projects.