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The Sun Dial Chapter DAR was organized on October 7, 1907, by Mrs. Anson Marston.  The name of the chapter was suggested by Hattie Willey, a member who possessed a sun dial that was the property of Mr. Willey's paternal ancestor, the Elder William Brewster, beloved pastor of the Plymouth Colony.

There are several historic areas in Ames, Iowa, home of the Sun Dial chapter.  These historic areas have been marked by the chapter so they will not be forgotten in years to come.

Duplicate Sun Dial of Plymouth Colony 

A duplicate of the Plymouth Colony sun dial was marked by the Sun Dial Chapter in 1907 and is proudly displayed on a pedestal in the patriotic area of the Ames Municipal Cemetery at East 9th St. and Maxwell. 



Gravestone of Caroline Collins Brammer


Marked by the Sun Dial Chapter in 1929, this plaque was placed on the gravestone of Caroline Collins Brammer, granddaughter of Revolutionary Soldier Josiah Collins. The plaque and gravestone are located in the Dedham Cemetery in rural Carroll County.



Site of First House in Ames 

East Ames was settled before Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) or "west" Ames. The first house built was just one block north of today’s Main Street. Noah and Matilda Webster built their house here in 1864. This site was marked by the Sun Dial Chapter DAR, in 1934, with an inscribed bronze plaque affixed to a large boulder. You can find the plaque in Ames, Iowa, on the corner of 5th Street and Douglas Avenue.



Site of First House in “West” Ames 

In 1856 or 1858, Washington J. Graham built the first house close to the Ames campus area, or “west” Ames.  In 1855 he had received a US Government Land Patent and was influential in acquiring land for the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm – now Iowa State University.  The restored house was moved in 1951 from its original Lincoln Way/Sheldon site to 216 Hayward Avenue, also in west Ames. In the 1990s, it was replaced with an apartment building to better serve the housing market. The Sun Dial Chapter DAR marked the original site July 4, 1976, in commemoration of the American Revolution Bicentennial.

The plaque is located in west Ames, on the southeast corner of Lincoln Way and Sheldon Avenue.







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