Trail Marker Program presented to DAR

Published 8:30 am Monday, November 18, 2019

The November meeting of the Julius Dugger-John Carter Chapter NSDAR was held at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library. Daughters of the American Revolution is a premier service organization that not only honors God, Home, and Country, but works to assist students, celebrate history, honor soldiers and veterans, welcome new citizens and conserve natural resources. The society encourages more women to join in this meaningful work.

Darren Shelton presented the chapter with a very interesting PowerPoint program about Native American Trail Markers. Long before modern day road signs were around, the Native Americans had a unique way of marking permanent trails. They bent and cut trees in unusual shapes to guide travelers. These trees marked trails to sacred sites, water, food, shelter and danger. At one time there were thousands of these trees in 39 states, but since most of these trees are nearly 200 years old, they are quickly disappearing. Shelton photographed many of the trees that have survived in our local area and shared his findings with the chapter.

The next chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Dino’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Members will be honoring their patriots with a few words about them during this Christmas luncheon.

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