Cape Sebastian Chapter

Cape Sebastian is a steep headland that rises about 700 feet above the Pacific Ocean near Pistol River, Oregon. It is near the geographical center of Curry County, the southernmost county on the Oregon coast. The trails to the north and south of Cape Sebastian State Park offer awe-inspiring ocean and forest views. There is a beach about two miles long you can access from the southern trail of Cape Sebastian headland. It is now famous for its wind surfing competitions.

According to the historical landmark plaque, just north of the park entrance: "Spanish navigators were the first to explore the North American Pacific Coast beginning fifty years after Columbus discovered the Western Continents. Sebastian Vizcaino saw this cape in 1603 and named it after the patron saint of the day of his discovery. Other navigators, Spanish, British, and American, followed a century and a half later." Cape Sebastian marked the northern limit of Sebastian Vizcaino's voyage.

Sixteen National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) members residing in the greater Pistol River community, including Gold Beach, Wedderburn and Brookings, sought to organize a local chapter of the NSDAR in the early spring of 1981. With the endorsement of State Regent, Doreen Chaise, and local DAR organizing members Ella Sponaugle, Virgie Crowder, Jane Hitchcock, and Alice Rausch, at least ten residents from the Pistol River community submitted member-at-large applications while organizers awaited NSDAR's chapter approval. Official news of Cape Sebastian Chapter's successful formation came with a phone call to NSDAR Headquarters on 5 December 1981. Ella Sponaugle served as our first regent from 1981-1982.

Today, Cape Sebastian Chapter NSDAR members reside throughout Curry County, from Port Orford to Brookings, as well as across our southern boarder, in Crescent City, CA. Contact our current Chapter Regent, Sandra Martin, or Chapter Registrar, Mary Fox, and join us to become a Cape Sebastian Chapter NSDAR member. Alternatively, contact NSDAR, directly, to inquire about membership and explore the numerous activities that DAR has to offer.

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