Johnstown Chapter

National Society

Daughters of the American Revolution

Johnstown, New York


The Johnstown Chapter, NSDAR was organized May 22, 1899, in Johnstown, New York. The purpose was to preserve historic property, national and local history and tradition, and to promote loyalty and patriotism. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of September, October, November, April and May. For membership information, please contact: Catherine Grady, 103 Wells Street, #2, Johnstown NY 12095


Johnstown Chapter House

The chapter house is believed to be one of the first ten houses built by Sir William Johnson for his staff living and working in the area. All the houses were one and one-half stories and painted yellow. Our house was built in 1765 for Robert Picken, Sir William Johnson's surveyor. The building was moved to its current location in 1788, to a lot owned by James Burk. Mr. Burk used it as an inn, adding a lean-to that housed teamsters. In 1812, it was purchased by a bootmaker, Isaiah Younglove. The chapter, wanting a "home of our own," purchased the property from Miss Susanna Younglove in 1925. She lived there until her death in 1935, when the Johnstown Chapter took the property over completely.

On Columbus Day, 1914, the beautiful DAR memorial arch and gateway seen above at the historic Colonial Cemetery were dedicated. Markers had been placed at the graves of Revolutionary soldiers. Each Memorial Day, flags are still placed at the cemetery.


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