The Colonel Tench Tilghman Chapter is a lineage society that furthers the objectives of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The objectives are historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriot endeavor. The chapter achieves these objectives in the Bethesda community through our programs and activities.



The Colonel Tench Tilghman Chapter was organized on November 3, 1922 with 13 members.

                                                              Nellie Allnut                                                        Corresponding Secretary

                                                              Sarah Loughborough Brown                              Recording Secretary

                                                              Virginia Ptizhugh Crawley                                  Registrar

                                                              Emma Moffat Dickens                                        Treasurer

                                                              Elizabeth Getsendanner                                     Regent

                                                              Sara Randolph Hardcastle

                                                              Mary Welsh Henderson

                                                              Margaret Cabell Loughborough                          Vice Regent

                                                              Margaret McClellan Loughborough

                                                              Mary Lyddane                                                      Historian

                                                              Anne Estelle Hall

                                                              Alberta Brown Regester

                                                              Ethel Lyddane Spears


The Colonel Tench Tilghman Chapter has been guardian of the Bethesda Madonna of the Trail statue since its dedication on April 19, 1929. To mark the old trails used by settlers, twelve of the NSDAR memorials to Pioneer Mothers were erected from Bethesda, Maryland to Upland, California. The Bethesda statue was originally located at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Montgomery Lane. It was stored for a number of years during construction of a Metro Center, only a block from its original location. In 1986 the chapter held a rededication ceremony and in 1993 promoted restoration of this cherished monument.