Featured Object

In each issue, the bimonthly DAR magazine, American Spirit, highlights an object from the DAR Museum collection in its "National Treasures" feature. These objects, often recent accessions or important pieces in the current exhibit, always have a story to tell about American history.

National Treasures

Sitting Pretty

Imaginative decoration and vibrant color transform simple wooden boards into a memorable example of American folk art. Standing a mere 9 inches on its sturdy legs, this small bench commands attention.

The seat's central motif features a scarlet flower resting against layered white and black circles with scalloped edging. Calligraphic hearts flank the design, while gilded borders define and complement the crimson seat. A leafy vine extends the length of the supporting structure. Construction and decoration suggest that the unidentified craftsman who made this bench probably worked in Pennsylvania in the mid-19th century.

This bench is part of the DAR Museum's Mount Walla Collection, named after a historic Virginia house thought to have been built by John Scott, whose extensive property holdings included Scott's Landing Ferry on the James River. (Peter Field Jefferson, grand-nephew of Thomas Jefferson, was among the home's later owners.) In 1966 Mildred C. Brown, a longtime Illinois collector and dealer of antiques and a member of the Albemarle DAR Chapter, Charlottesville, Va., purchased Mount Walla. At her death in 1984 she left her home and its furnishings to the chapter, which invited the DAR Museum to select historic objects for its permanent collection. These 304 objects donated in Mrs. Brown's memory comprise the Mount Walla Collection. The Albemarle Chapter continues to sponsor this important collection's conservation needs.

More National Treasures

To the Rescue

Strange Brew

Tayloe Family Ties

Ornamental Trio

Reviving the Stone

A Record to Remember

Strong Set

Fashion Flashback

Let's Go Ride a Bike


Isn't It Romantic

A Rockin' Good Toy

The Mystery of Mother and Child

Keep Cool

Dress for the Ages

Historical Register

Banjo Time

Getting Warmer

Virginia Map Quest

Serve It Up

Greatest Toy on Earth

Dress for the Day

Boston Uncommon

A Teapot to Revere

Seats of Honor

Birthday Threads


Play On

Top Drawer

Burning Bright

Seated in Revolution

Something to Crow About

Sister Stitch

Tea Time

Capturing Cherubs

A Link to the Past

Brushes with Fame

Something Borrowed

Supper Is Served

Stately Seats

Heirloom High Chest

Making Beautiful Music

Forged From Fire

For Madame's Trousseau

Let It Out

Heavenly Harmonies

Priceless Pooch

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