Washington Bottom 250th Anniversary and George Washington Proclamation Day

Saturday, October 24, 2020 — 10:00 AM

Washington Bottom Community Park
10675 DuPont Rd, Washington, WV 26181
(across from Washington Bottom Fire Department)

Host: Capt. James Neal Chapter, WV Society,
Sons of the American Revolution

Co-Host: Washington Bottom Community Assoc.

In anticipation of our Country’s 250th Birthday on July 4th, 2026, the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution has challenged local chapters to host prsestercentennial events in their communities.

In answering the call, the Capt. James Neal Chapter WVSSAR has selected President George Washington’s visit to the Mid-Ohio Valley in 1770 as their first 250th Anniversary sponsored event.

Activities being scheduled are:

◊ Musket Salute

◊ Two Cannons Salute

◊ Community Awards

◊ Arrowhead Collections

◊ Mini Book Fair

◊ Proclamation by Wood County Commission President Blair Couch

Arrowhead collectors wishing to bring their displays are encouraged to contact the
chairman, Brent Sams, 304-482-1950 cell.

Battle Days Memorial Service – October 10, 2020

Battle Days Memorial Service will be held on 10 October 2020 at 10:00 am.  It will be a combined live/virtual event. 

Battle Days Memorial Service 
Date: October 10, 2020
Time: 10am
Where: Tu-Endie-Wei Park, Point Pleasant, WV

Please email your participation choice to:


Previous announcement indicated a different arrangement, but since the original notice we found it can be all done on the actual anniversary of the battle.


Fall Board of Management Meeting

Saturday, September 26, 2020

The WVSSAR Board of Management will hold its fall meeting at 10:00 on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Days Inn Conference Center, Flatwoods West Virginia.

The in-person meeting room will be arranged to observe social distancing safety measures. There is also the option to participate via Zoom virtual conferencing.

Please contact WVSSAR President John Turley to inform him if you plan to attend in person or virtually so that he can make the appropriate arrangements for you. He can be reached at johnaturley@gmail.com

Dr. John A. Turley Elected WVSSAR President

Delegates who participated in the May 30, 2020 virtual Annual Meeting approved the 2020 – 21 slate with the exception of the contested office of president. Delegates were sent paper ballots for the election of president. Ballots had to be postmarked no later than June 2, 2020 and sent to Nominating Committee Chair William H. Lester. He and J. Paul Chapman, president of the John Beckley Chapter and D. Wayne Harvey, WVSSAR Historian, tabulated the ballots cast for the two candidates, Compatriot Turley and Compatriot Rhendal C. Butler.

With Dr. Turley’s election, Compatriot Butler will serve as First Vice President, the office for which he was chosen by the Nominating Committee for the 2020 – 21 slate.

Call for Volunteers Boy Scout Jamboree, 2021


The SAR National Eagle Scout Committee will have a booth at the 2021 National Boy Scout Jamboree. The jamboree will take place at the Summit, situated in the wilds of West Virginia, at Glen Jean.

We will need compatriots to man the booth. We need at least 25 volunteers, so we can have 3 people each day. The jamboree is July 21 – 30, 2021.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Compatriot Harold T. (Ted) Cox, Jr., president Captain James Neal Chapter, (304) 464-5902.

WVSSAR Newsletter Fall 2017

The WVSSAR Newsletter Fall 2017 edition is now available.

Our most sincere thanks and appreciation to Tom Galloway, the WVSSAR Newsletter Editor, for his dedication and excellent work that he always performs with the publishing of our West Virginia Society SAR Newsletter. Tom is also the President of the General Andrew Lewis Chapter WVSSAR.

You can view and download the WVSSAR Newsletter Fall 2017 edition HERE

Foreman’s Massacre Remembered

Foreman's Massacre Memorial
Foreman’s Massacre Memorial

The Fort Henry Chapter and the Wheeling Chapter, DAR presented a memorial service on September 1, 2017 at the Foreman’s Massacre monument in McMechen, WV to mark the 240th anniversary of the event. Participating were McMechen mayor Gregg Wolfe, Central District VPG Robert B. Fish, Jr., WVSSAR president Bill Lester, Debi Smith, regent, Wheeling DAR and Jay Frey, president Fort Henry Chapter. Special guests included descendants of Foreman’s company including compatriots Donald Brown (Capt. James Neal Chapter) and Rick Greathouse (Daniel Boone Chapter). Twelve color guardsmen representing WVSSAR chapters Daniel Boone, Fort Henry, Capt. James Neal, Point Pleasant and Capt. Ralph Stewart together with Ebenezer Zane Chapter, OHSSAR and George Washington Chapter, PASSAR presented the colors and fired a musket salute. Wreaths were presented at the monument. Continue reading “Foreman’s Massacre Remembered”