The Colonial style house and gardens serve as the Pennsylvania
headquarters for The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
The Society is composed entirely of women who are descended in their own right from some ancestor of
worthy life who, residing in an
American colony prior to 1750 rendered efficient service to his country during the Colonial period. The objects of the Society are to collect, preserve, educate and restore objets connected with the early history of our country. The Society awards scholarships to outstanding students of American history and nursing,and welcomes new citizens. In addition, the Societyâ€™s historical research program is well known for its collection of historical data on Colonial times. The Society also contributes to the preservation of several homes. Stenton Mansion, Sulgrave Manor, Gunston Hall, and Dumbarton House located in Washington D.C. and serves as our National Headquarters.