National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century



The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century is an organization of women, eighteen years of age or over, who are lineal descendants of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United States of America. Our members are devoted to preserving the memory of those that settled and lived in the United States of America prior to 1701.

Established on July 15, 1915, the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century is a non-profit organization with its headquarters located in Washington D.C. Constructed in 1884, the headquarters building holds historical significance and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

We welcome those that would like to visit our Headquarters to use our library, attend a lecture, or view museum displays.

Our work is dedicated to the preservation of historic sites and records, promotion of heraldry and coats of arms, and support of charitable projects and education. Through these and many other activities, we acknowledge and honor those individuals whose enduring legacy of virtue, courage and patriotism formed this great nation.

The North Carolina Society Colonial Dames XVII Century has created this website to provide information about our organization. The links will direct you to specific topics such as activities, membership requirements, and chapter locations.

In 2015, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the National Society and the 70th Anniversary of the North Carolina State Society was celebrated in 2020. We are preserving our past by marking historic sites and working with various charitable organizations across our state. We offer many opportunities for national and state scholarships and encourage students to contact us for more details.

We would be happy to answer your questions about our society. Join us today.

Meg Cooke
North Carolina State President

Preservation of the Past, Dedication and
Innovation for the Future

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalms 118:24
“Having gifts differing according to the grace that is given us, let us use them.”
Romans 12:6

Photo above, of Tryon Palace, New Bern, North Carolina. The palace was originally built between 1767 and 1770 as the first permanent capitol of the Colony of North Carolina and a home for the Royal Governor and his family. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)