For 50 years, Lin Mix has been honoring the military through her own service in the Daughters of the American Revolution. When her father, William Laird McCormick, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, first signed her up for membership in DAR, Mix was in her teens and "was a little indifferent," she said. "My father had done all of the research."
After she married, she and husband Joe moved from Walhalla to Charlotte. There she joined the newly formed Jane Parks McDowell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
"I enjoyed meeting people, and a neighbor urged me to join because it was a new chapter," said Mix, whose Revolutionary War ancestor is John McCormick, a Pennsylvania soldier.
Members are required to trace their heritage to those who served in or aided the patriots of the Revolutionary War, said Nancy Crowther, DAR regent for the Thomas Heyward Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
"We are in the middle of such history, you can't take a day's ride and not pass a Revolutionary War person or site. There are so many soldiers buried here. (The Revolutionary War) was in Beaufort," Crowther said, referring to the Battle of Port Royal.
When Mix and her husband moved to Beaufort more than 30 years ago, she joined the local chapter, which claims to be the chapter "where history meets Southern hospitality."
The daughters meet every other month for educational programs about early Revolutionary days and to have tea.
The group studies the Constitution, honors school children for being good citizens, sponsors essay contests and awards scholarships. Mix said her membership in South Carolina has been educational.
"South Carolina has a very interesting Revolutionary War history," she said. "I have learned a good bit about that having not been a native here, such as about people like Francis Marion, and there were a lot of Revolutionary War battles fought in South Carolina."
Nearly 20 Revolutionary War battle sites exist in Beaufort County, according to Jack Parker Jr., author of "Parker's Guide to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina." Two British soldiers who fought in the Battle of Grays Hill are buried in the churchyard at The Parish Church of St. Helena in downtown Beaufort.
Mix said being a member of two different DAR groups over the past 50 years has been interesting. Today, Thomas Heyward Chapter has about 80 members -- which is considered to be a large group. Mix credits modern technology for much of that growth. With the high-tech advances in genealogical research, Mix is hopeful about the next 50 years of DAR.
"There are more members nowadays since research is more online on the Web and it is more modernized and it is a bigger organization. Since people have taken an interest in their ancestry, things have been very lively," Mix said.