DAR Hosts Program on Bullet Hill School

Welcoming new Trumbull-Porter Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution member Maryellen Perugini of Watertown (second from right) are Chaplain Daryl Masone of Naugatuck, Registrar Katie Gabrielson of Naugatuck and Regent Freda Carreiro of Oakville.

WATERTOWN — The Trumbull-Porter Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, had its October meeting at the historic Bullet Hill School in Southbury.

Following a welcome ceremony for new member Maryellen Perugini of Watertown, Melinda Elliott, director of the Bullet Hill School, spoke about historic one-room schoolhouses in Connecticut.

Historic preservation, promoting education and patriotism are the three primary objectives of the NSDAR. At its November meeting, the Trumbull-Porter Chapter will be promoting patriotism. Members will bake cookies and pack them along with hats and scarves knitted by local residents to be shipped to deployed troops.

The chapter’s main historic preservation project is care of the Old Burying Ground of Watertown, where 82 known and identified veterans, including more than 50 Revolutionary patriots, rest in peace along with soldiers from the French and Indian War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and many early town settlers.

Grants from the Woodward Foundation, the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, and the Watertown Foundation allow the chapter to care for the Old Burying Ground, providing funding for landscaping and gravestone repair. The chapter has been caring for this historic open-air museum of Watertown’s history since 1904.

The Trumbull-Porter Chapter, NSDAR, is based in Watertown but also serves Oxford, Southbury, Middlebury, Woodbury, Waterbury, Naugatuck and other neighboring towns. Chapter meetings usually take place at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month, September to June.

Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.

The chapter welcomes new members.

Those seeking additional information may call Regent Freda Carreiro at 860-274-6219 or Registrar Katie Gabrielson at 203-729-3349.

The Trumbull-Porter Chapter sponsors the Charles Merriman Society, Children of the American Revolution. Those with children interested in joining may call Liza Marshall at 860-274–7472.

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