The Hermitage Chapter meets on the first Saturday of each month from September through May. Here are pictures that show our members participating in past chapter events. For information on upcoming events, please email us for more information.

Desoto Monument Rededication- November 3, 2007

When our members went to take pictures of historical markers for the State Regent's project, we discovered that the monument commemorating Hernando DeSoto's landing in Chickasaw Park was missing the plaques describing the event.

After a thorough search of our chapter records, we turned to the archives in the Memphis-Shelby County Public Library which produced the original script from the inscriptions on the monument. Our chapter voted to replace the plaques on the monument with the original inscriptions. This picture shows the plaques in place and ready to be unveiled!

The inscriptions on the monument read as follows:

Ornamental Metal Museum side: In this area Hernando De Soto viewed the Mississippi River in May of 1541.

Baseball Diamond side: The Chisca mound next to the river was utilized during the Civil War as an artillery redoubt and magazine inside federal Fort Pickering, covering the site of the original Fort Pickering. The top of the mound was excavated for the stronghold in 1863.

Top: When first visited by the explorers, this acreage was the site of the fortress of Chisca, the chief of the Indian tribe which inhabited this region and whose principal village stood a short distance eastward. The nearby eminences are mounds which were constructed by aboriginal inhabitants and are of unknown antiquity.

River side: The park, comprising eleven acres, was purchased in 1912 by the Board of Park Commissioners and was dedicated to the use and pleasure of the citizens of Memphis in perpetuity. Dedicated in 1919 Rededicated in 2007 By Hermitage Chapter, DAR


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