Boone Trail NSDAR plans tour of Duff House
Boone Trail Chapter of The National Society of The American Revolution met Wednesday April 21, 2021 at Reno’s Restaurant in Wise at 11;45 a.m. The meeting was called to order by Linda Bailey, Chapter Regent. Linda opened the meeting with the DAR Ritual assisted by Zelma Aichel, Chapter Vice Regent.
Linda welcomed guests: Ruth Gilliam and Tammy Scott of Lovelady Chapter in Lee County; Glenda Ewing of Wise; Mary Shockey and Dale Stover of Pound. Dr. Lawrence J. Fleenor of Big Stone Gap was welcomed as guest speaker.
Following lunch, Dr.Fleenor spoke to the group about the history of the Southwest Virginia Museum and Park. He told about the involvement of The Bascom C. Slemp family in establishing the museum. At first it was used to store the artifacts the Slemp family members collected on their travels abroad. Later the building which is now the museum was dedicated as a museum for the public to view these artifacts and later others collected locally. The Slemps also founded the Slemp Scholarship Foundation which aids Wise County students in educational pursuits.
After the program, Linda conducted the further business items of the chapter. The next meeting will be May 19. The group will travel to The Historic Duff House, home of Col. Duff, in Duffield. Tour of the home will be provided by Mary Ruth Lassiter.
The meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted, Margaaret H. Craft,
Chapter Secretary Boone Trail NSDAR
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