Catawba Valley Chapter

Gastonia, North Carolina

The Catawba Valley Chapter was organized on March 25, 1995, by Eva Culver Fitchett. The goal was to bring together ladies who are descendants of early colonial ancestors. Our members live in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties. The chapter name was selected based on the rich history of early settlers around the Catawba River. Gastonia was chosen as a central meeting location. The chapter was officially chartered on March 14, 1999 with 50 members.

Our chapter meets the third Saturday in September, November, and January. We meet the fourth Saturday in April at 10:00 am. Our chapter remains committed to the goals of our National Society.

In 2010, the chapter marked the Smith Cemetery (c1765) in Belmont, North Carolina, as an historic site and members have restored this cemetery to its original status. In 2012, the chapter marked Hoyle Homestead, which is the oldest existing home in Gaston. Efforts continue to identify new sites.

The chapter is a supporter of the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury and their affiliate, the Charlotte Veterans Affairs Health Care Center.

Plaque commemorating Hoyle Historic Homestead, presented by the Catawba Valley Chapter,
September 8, 2012.

Colonial Dames XVII Century plaque marking the historic Smith Cemetery, August 18, 2010.