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Entrusted With History's Future

...as we tell the story of the West Virginia Dames

"You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
John Adams


Dames support the Craik-Patton Museum House through financial support and as volunteers for School Days, Christmas and Spring historical tours. An Oral History Project preserves the unique stories of West Virginia Dames who have helped keep history alive in West Virginia.


To promote love of freedom and a love of the democratic way of life, the West Virginia Colonial Dames sponsor a high school essay contest and a college scholarship. They also welcome and educate new citizens in ceremonies at the Robert C. Byrd Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia.


This furnished historic house with close ties to George Washington portrays the life and experience of the 1830s in America as our nation was founded. The West Virginia Colonial Dames saved and reconstructed the home in Daniel Boone Park on the banks of the Great Kanawha River.

Ruffner Cabin

Craik-Patton House

Latest News

Seven WV Dames Attend Biennial Council

 President Jane Boylin, NSCDA-WV, led seven Colonial Dames members to the Sixtieth Biennial Council October 16-20 held at the Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, VA. Members Sue McKinney, Lynn Goldsmith, Kit Wellford, Dede Arbogast, Rebecca Steorts and Virginia George attended meetings on patriotic service, historical activities, finance, communications and leadership.


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