This past weekend the Augusta and College Hill chapter members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution joined with other DAR members from around the state to hold an “Open House” Christmas celebration at “Meadow Garden,” boyhood home of George Walton.
Walton was one of three Augusta signers of the Declaration of Independence, and its youngest signer. Period-costumed DAR docents guided guests through the home, explaining the architecture and history of the home.
Entertainment for the night was brought by the children’s choirs from First Baptist Church of Augusta and the Savannah River Hammers, a local dulcimer group. A volunteer from a local Sons of the American Revolution chapter was also there to speak on what Christmas was like for soldiers during the Valley Forge encampment.
There was also a display of the SAR “Traveling Trunk” featuring many common items used by early American families.
Many people in this area are unaware of this Augusta treasure and the history of our country that it represents. Most visitors this weekend were affiliated with the choir or the sponsors, and many we have spoken to about the event are completely unaware of the home, its location and its history.
The historical significance of places such as this, and the awareness of the sacrifices of the soldiers who lived through the horrors of places like Valley Forge, seems to be lost to people today. The citizens of our nation appear to have little or no sense of the sacrifices that were made so we can enjoy the freedoms that we take so lightly today.
The story is that Washington “took a knee” in prayer over his suffering soldiers and his nation during this time. His prayers were answered and his soldiers came out of Valley Forge with new resolve and victory in their hearts. We all need to consider that this nation was bathed in the prayers of many of our forefathers. They saw what we no longer seem to conceive, and were willing to risk everything to see that we would have what we seem so willing to discard.