Day of Service dedicated to cleaning headstones

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions for Virginia the regular monthly meeting of the Colonel Abram Penn Chapter National Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was held outdoors Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the lower level picnic shelter of DeHart Park in Stuart, Virginia. Chapter Regent Janice Stanley conducted the meeting with seven members present.

All in attendance wore masks and practiced social distancing. Following the general business meeting, the group adjourned and traveled by car to Koger Mill Road and to Poplar Grove, the home place and the cemetery where Colonel Abram Penn is buried.

The group then participated in an annual NSDAR Day of Service project cleaning the headstone of Colonel Penn as well as several other headstones in the cemetery.

The historical marker placed by the Virginia Department of Historical Resources in Patrick Springs, Virginia reads, “Penn, 1743-1801….At age 21 he ‘won his spurs’ leading a company under General Lewis at Point Pleasant. During 1780-1781 he organized the first Revolutionary troops from Henry and adjoining counties, and led his regiment to aid General Greene in the battles of Guilford Court House and Eutaw Springs. He helped organize Patrick County.”

While at the cemetery Mr, Kenny Jones, caretaker, held a discussion on the history of the cemetery and its past and present owners. The next meeting will be on Nov. 9, by ZOOM. If you would like more information about the Col Abram Penn Chapter NSDAR please contact Ann McConnell at nammcconnell@yahoo.com.

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