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

Virginia Map Quest

Map experts generally agree that the Fry/Jefferson map is the most important 18th-century map of Virginia. It was the first map to accurately depict the Blue Ridge Mountains and Colonial roads, and it also shows many of the most important plantations of the time. The map, printed in London in 1775, features original hand coloring. The scene in the lower right corner portrays the sale of tobacco, Virginia’s cash crop.

Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson originally surveyed the area under orders of the London Board of Trade in 1750. Fry was a mathematics professor at the College of William and Mary, and Peter Jefferson (Thomas Jefferson’s father) was his assistant. They were chosen for the task because they had already completed important surveys of the Virginia Colony in the 1740s.

The DAR Museum example originally belonged to the French navy.

Volume 144, Number 5, September/October 2010, Page 7
Photography by Mark Gulezian/Quicksilver

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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

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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