South Carolina Daughters Commemorate Tamassee DAR School Founders

Dec. 2, 2019

On November 14th, 1917 the South Carolina Daughters voted during their state convention in Rock Hill, South Carolina to build a school for the young girls living in poverty in the southern mountains.  That school is called Tamassee DAR School.   On November 14, 2019 this 105th anniversary was commemorated during a beautiful ceremony hosted the Wizard of Tamassee Chapter SC DAR.

The rededication was held at the historic St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pendleton, SC, which is also the burial site of Grace Ward Calhoun, South Carolina State Regent 1914 – 1917.  Mrs. Calhoun’s dedicated efforts, along with the original Founders and Patrons who joined with her to establish Tamassee DAR School and its first endowment, ensured the beloved school’s founding and growth for 100 years.

Wizard of Tamassee Regent Pat Murray and Chaplain Flora Riley opened the ceremony following an abbreviated version of the 1903 D.A.R. Ritual.  South Carolina Senator from District One, Thomas Alexander brought greetings followed by Eric Naeseth, Chairman of the St. Paul’s Committee. Honored guests were recognized including, SC State Regent Libby Billham, Vice President General Dianne Culbertson, Tamassee DAR School Board of Trustees Chairman Linda Hawkins, State Chaplain Yvonne Howell, State Registrar Harriet Nash, State Historian Martha Dyar, District I Director Nancy Neas, and Tamassee Interim CEO Jon Holland.  It was a privilege to have Mrs. Calhoun’s granddaughters in attendance, and Tamassee’s Mr. Holland presented each one with a copy of the 100 Years of Tamassee Pictorial History books.   A Roll Call of Founders & Patrons was announced, and those in attendance representing those organizations were asked to please stand and be recognized.

Once the benediction was given, everyone processed to the rededication of Grace Ward Calhoun’s DAR marker in the St. Paul’s Churchyard followed by a reception at the Ballinger House in Seneca, SC.

It was a very moving tribute to Mrs. Calhoun and the original Founders’ and Patrons of Tamassee DAR School.  As we listened to the roll call of all those who were driven by their belief in the school, attendees again felt the power of education to help children enrich their lives, and the amazing reality that what the Founders and Patrons had built has been serving children and families for 100 years.

During this holiday season, if you would like to pay tribute to someone who has made an impact in your life, please consider an honorarium or memorial donation to the children of Tamassee DAR School.    Visit our website at to make your donation and tribute online or contact Kristen Henry at 864.944.1390 ext. 109.  We will be happy to feature your tribute on our Honorarium and Memorial website page through January 2020.