December 1, 2022
State President Will Elston announces the eighth Patriot of the Round Table: William “Billy” Flora. He was a 20-year-old free black man serving in the militia. On December 9, 1775, he played a pivotal role in the defense of the Great Bridge. The Battle of Great Bridge was the first strategically important colonial victory over the British. It led directly to the loyalist evacuation of Norfolk and the end of effective royal government in the colony of Virginia after 150 years.
To find out more, watch the video by clicking on his name, above, and download the Billy Flora Fact Sheet from the members’ area of this website.
November 28, 2022
The Virginia C.A.R. Directory and the first two issues of the Voice of Virginia are posted in the Members’ area of the website under “Forms and Announcements.
November 1, 2022
State President Will Elston encourages all Virginia C.A.R. members to give thanks for their Patriot Ancestors during November and announces the seventh Patriot of the Round Table in this video.
To help honor and give thanks for Your Patriot Ancestor, participate in special November-only contests: prizes will be awarded at the State Conference in February to the local societies with (1) the most original Facebook post about a Patriot Ancestor and (2) the greatest number of Facebook posts about Patriot Ancestors.
October 19, 2022 – Yorktown Victory Day
To commemorate the 241st anniversary of the surrender of British forces at Yorktown, State President Will Elston announces the sixth Patriot of the Round Table: James Lafayette. He was an enslaved American who risked his life for the cause of American independence and served as an improtant source of intelligence in the days leading up to the siege and battle of Yorktown. Eventually, his service would lead to his freedom and a pension from the Commonwealth.
To find out more, watch the video by clicking on his name, above, and download the James Lafayette fact sheet from the members’ area of this website.
September 1, 2022
State President Will Elston announces the fifth Patriot of the Round Table: Mercy Otis Warren. She was a Massachusetts author and poet whose writings convinced others that the country could and should be independent. Today, we would call her an “Influencer.”
To find out more, watch the video by clicking on her name, above, and download the Anna Maria Lane fact sheet from the members’ area of this website.
August 1, 2022
State President Will Elston announces the fourth Patriot of the Round Table: Anna Maria Lane. She was one of only three women in the United States to receive a pension for military service during the Revolution.
To find out why, watch the video by clicking on her name, above, and download the Anna Maria Lane fact sheet from the members’ area of this website.
July 14, 2022
The State Workshop Registration form is now — finally! — posted in the members area of this website.
July 1, 2022
State President Will Elston announces the third Patriot of the Round Table: Peter Francisco. He was known as “the Virginia Giant.”
To find out why and to learn more about Peter Francisco, check out the Peter Francisco fact sheet in the members’ area on this website.
June 1, 2022
Watch as State President Will Elston reveals the second Patriot of the Round Table, Jack Jouett. June 3 and 4 are Jack Jouett Days in the Commonwealth of Virginia by Act of the Virginia General Assembly.
To find out why and to learn more about Jack Jouett, check out the Jack Jouett fact sheet in the members’ area on this website.
May 29, 2022
Save the dates! The Summer Workshop will be on Saturday, July 30. The 96th Virginia State Conference willk be February 24-26. Details will be posted in the Members Area of this website and on our Facebook page.
Need a 2022-23 Virginia C.A.R. t-shirt? The pre-order form is available in the Members’ Area of this website.
May 1, 2022
This year, the Virginia C.A.R. will celebrate some of the lesser-known Patriots without whom the victory at Yorktown would not have been possible. State President William Elston will introduce you to a new Patriot each month. Watch as Will reveals the first Patriot of the Round Table, Polly Cooper.
To learn more about Polly Cooper and to get some ideas for questions to discuss in your local society meeting, check out the Polly Cooper fact sheet in the members’ area on this website.
April 25, 2022
Welcome to the beginning of a new C.A.R. year! Yesterday, National President Cagle Kaough of Louisiana and Virginia State President William Elston were installed along with the other national, state, senior national and senior state officers in a grove near the tomb of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
To learn about the new State Theme and State Project, click on the “Theme and Project” tab above.
Members who are interested in joining Will on this year’s epic quest to Yorktown to discover the identity of the Virginia C.A.R. Patriots of the Round Table by serving as a state chairman should fill out and return as soon as possible a State Chairman Application Form, which can be found by clicking the “Announcements and Forms” button under the “Member” tab above.
Are you interested in making a donation to the State Project? Click on this link: Project Patron Form.