Continental DAR House - Home of Jane Douglas Chapter
In celebration of the Texas Centennial at the State Fair of Texas in 1936, the Continental Oil Company constructed a hospitality house to welcome the public. Instead of removing the building as planned, this beautiful colonial style house was deeded to Jane Douglas Chapter of Dallas, Texas, on 31 October, 1937.
Chapter history reveals the excitement experienced by our earlier members as the house was made ready for chapter events. The first major renovation to the house was facilitated through the generosity of Conoco Oil Company and private donations, and occurred between March and September, 1980. Open House for Rededication was held 2 November, 1980, with officials of Conoco Oil Company in attendance. Through the ensuing years, major repairs and renovations have been necessary to this structure that was built as a temporary hospitality house. Jane Douglas Chapter has met this challenge since 1936.
At the present time, studies are being made for the architectural restoration of the house to its original beauty in order to comply with our National and State Landmark status.
Jane Douglas Chapter celebrated its Centennial Anniversary on 19 October, 1995, during the State Fair of Texas, with a special ceremony in the house. The Marine Band made our celebration special when they paraded through the house playing their instruments.
Today, chapter meetings are a monthly event in our lovely home. In addition, our house is home to David Pendleton Society, the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) group, which Jane Douglas Chapter sponsors. The house is also available for other events on special request. Texas DAR members often hold teas, workshops, and other special meetings in this very special Chapter House.
The Continental DAR House and Museum is open to the public annually during the State Fair of Texas. Visitors learn about American history and education/preservation through poster displays, historical flags, patriotic videos, musical presentations, and authentically costumed hostesses. NSDAR membership information is offered and membership interest is encouraged.