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Mount DESERT ISLE CHAPTER
Daughters of the American Revolution
Mount Desert, Maine
History 
 
Chapter Name

    As early as 1524, Verazano wrote the earliest descriptions of the shores of the New World with Mount Desert Island clearly identified among them.
   
 
  In September of 1604, Samuel de Champlain, royal Geographer for Henry IV, under Pierre Du Guast, Sieur de Monts, sailed from the French St. Croix Island settlement in Canada westward. In his words:
            "The same day (September 5, 1604) we passed near to an island some four or five leagues long..... the island is high and notched in places so that from the sea it gives the appearance of a range of seven or eight mountains. The summits are bare and rocky. The slopes are covered with pines, firs and birches. I name it Isle Des Monts Desert".

    The name Mount Desert Isle was chosen by the National Society to be the most fitting for the first chapter in the area. We were organized with thirteen members on the Third of December 1976.

Gavel

    Our official chapter gavel was made for us by the late retired Navy Chief Frederick Grindle, age 82 years at the time, of Salisbury Cove, ME. The wood, given to the chapter by member, Madeline Latty Briggs, was a piece of ironwood brought home as a souvenir after the Civil War by Mrs. Brigg's grandfather.
    The beautifully turned gavel top and handle and a special cedar box to store the gavel  attests to Mr. Grindle's skill. He was the husband of the late Charter member, Adrianna Leland Grindle.

Plaques Dedicated

     Sept. 1989 - Home of REAL DAUGHTER, Salome Sylvester Sellers, Sunset, ME
   April 1992 - Site of Civil War Cannon, Agamont Park, Bar Harbor, ME
    Oct. 16, 2006 - Plaque and Marker placed on grave of Hannah Lurvey Gilley, Revolutionary Daughter at Old Lurvey Burying Ground, Smuggler's Den Campground, Southwest Harbor, ME.

Memorial Stone

   Sept. 1996 - Pvt. Daniel Gott, Jr., Revolutionary War Soldier - Stone placed on Gott's Island.

Updated 12 JUN 2011 by Melanie Farmer
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