Chapter History

The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the DAR is situated in the Old Academy. The Old Academy was built in 1804 with the help of Eunice Dennie Burr. We are very fortunate to be located in the heart of Fairfield’s Historic District by the Town Hall Green. It gives us ample opportunity to meet the Objects of the Society to” perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence: to promote the development of an enlightened public opinion and to foster patriotic citizenship.” For over a hundred years The Chapter has taken great pride in preserving our heritage through education, preservation and patriotism.


 

 

Eunice Dennie Burr (1732-1805)  and Thaddeus (1735-1801), married  in 1759. They were the "first couple" of Fairfield in pre-revolutionary times.  The Burrs lived in a stately home in the center of Fairfield, along what is now Old Post Road.  With inherited wealth and social position, they were known far and wide for their amiability and hospitality. The constant flow of visitors to the Burr Homestead included John Hancock, his fiancee Dorothy Quincy, Samuel Adams, and George Washington.

During the Revolution, Thaddeus was often away on war related matters. However, he served the Town of Fairfield and the fledgling states in a variety of ways: Sheriff, First Selectman, Justice of the Peace, Commissioner to New York and New Jersey, Member of the Council of Safety, and as a delegate to the State's convention to ratify the Constitution.

The Burr's home was burned in 1779 by departing British troops from General Tryon's command. They disobeyed his orders, looted the home, and stole Eunice's rings, buckles, and silver buttons. They left the house to burn with Eunice hiding in the marshes behind her home. 
  
After Thaddeus' death in 1801, Eunice helped establish a private school, the Fairfield Academy which was  built in 1804. She was instrumental in ensuring that girls be educated there as well as boys.
  
The Burrs' memory lives on in their rebuilt home, the Burr mansion, the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter NSDAR, and the Thaddeus Burr Society Children of the American Revolution.



Portraits of Eunice Dennie Burr and Thaddeus Burr by John Singleton Copley 1763 - courtesy of the St. Louis Art Museum.





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