The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina was founded in 1893. The headquarters of the South Carolina Society is in Charleston, with six Town Committees located throughout the state. We work to honor our origins, foster a love of country, and educate all citizens on the ideals of liberty. As the tenth Colonial State Society to join The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, we are committed to its mission and understand it is our responsibility to make certain that the stories of the founding of our republic endure and inspire.
The NSCDA-SC’s 1903 purchase of The Powder Magazine saved the oldest public building in the state from destruction, as it became the first historic building in Charleston to be deliberately preserved and restored. In 2013, the South Carolina Society was awarded an inaugural Lamar Award for Excellence by the NSCDA for The Powder Magazine Tricentennial Project. In addition, the NSCDA-SC was honored with the Susan Pringle Frost Lifetime Achievement for Historic Preservation Award by the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest community-based historic preservation organization in America.
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, founded in 1891, is an unincorporated association of 44 Corporate Societies with over 15,000 members. Society headquarters are located at Dumbarton House, a Federal period house museum in Washington, D.C. Membership in the organization is by sponsorship only. Members are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, prior to July 5, 1776, contributed to our country’s founding in a significant way.
The structures and artifacts the NSCDA preserves are not merely relics, but provide windows to the people, places, and events of the colonial period. The Society also sponsors a number of scholarship programs and other patriotic service and educational programs to further its mission. We invite all people to honor the wisdom and valor of those whose sacrifices and achievements gave birth to our nation.