The Nolachuckey Chapter, NSDAR, is named for the Nolichucky River, which runs through much of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. “Nolachuckey” is taken from the Cherokee language and means “rapid river.” Today the Nolichucky River is known for its popularity as a whitewater rafting destination; however historically, the river was central in the early settlement of the region. John Sevier settled his family near the Nolichucky River, earning the nickname “Nolichucky Jack” for his expeditions along the river. John “Nolichucky Jack” Sevier would later become the first governor of the state of Tennessee.
Today the river is referred to as the Nolichucky. However, the river and river valley were historically referred to as Nolachuckey. The Nolachuckey Chapter, NSDAR, retains this more traditional spelling of the word.
The Nolachuckey Chapter, NSDAR, serves the area of Greeneville, Tennessee. Greeneville is the town seat of Greene County, which is located in Upper East Tennessee on the North Carolina border. However, our Daughters live both near and far. Daughters from six surrounding counties as well as California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, and New York also call our chapter home.
Our chapter is considered part of the Appalachian District within the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution (TSDAR). While much of our work is focused within historic Greene County, we also serve and work in the greater Upper East Tennessee area.
The late Mrs. Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett was a dedicated member of the chapter. Mrs. Bartlett was the great-granddaughter of President Andrew Johnson, who hailed from Greeneville. In 1968, Mrs. Bartlett built her home in the style of her great-grandfather’s homestead, which is located one block away. At her death in 1995, Mrs. Bartlett bequeathed her home to the chapter for its use.
The Nolachuckey Chapter, NSDAR, holds most regular meetings at the Patterson-Bartlett DAR House. We meet on the third Saturday of each month from September through May. We would love to have you join us. Please contact us for specific meeting details.