Stonewall Manor in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, was built circa 1830. The house has an historical marker from the Colonial Dames XVII Century. (Photo by Ann Shaddock)

Who We Are

National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century is dedicated to the preservation of historic sites and records, promotion of heraldry and coats of arms, and support of charitable projects and education. With 18 chapters across North Carolina, these chapters decide in what manner they will support these ideals.

Preservation of our national heritage is one avenue of activity within a chapter. For example, the marking of historic sites is key to preservation. In 2015, the marking of a slave cemetery at Sardis Presbyterian Church in Charlotte was a means for the local chapter to recognize that historical site. It was also a special way to note the 100th anniversary of our national society’s founding.

Another important focus is to aid in the education of our youth, and scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students majoring in history at accredited colleges. Education also can be accomplished with meeting programs on such topics as spinning wools in Colonial Times and donating a completed alpaca shawl for a silent auction to benefit the Pocahontas Scholarship Fund. In addition, actively promoting research into our members’ Coats of Arms is an ongoing process.

Finally, service to the community performed by the chapters comes in various ways such as maintaining a senior citizen retirement community library and donating books to the public library. Also, public libraries have displayed our exhibits with historical significance such as the 1000 year English history and tradition of Heraldry and Coats of Arms. Honoring veterans with donations and voluntary service at veteran’s facilities is another means of service by members.

In summary, we strive to support our ideals of preservation, education and service.