Cornelia Esther Carter Comstock founded our chapter in 1894. Cornelia named the chapter after her brave and spirited great grandmother Hannah Benedict Carter. Hannah was a true patriot who housed and fed soldiers during the American Revolution. Many military gatherings occurred in her home on Carter Street and in the surrounding neighborhood. On February 21, 1780, thirty mounted soldiers arrived at her home to stay overnight. In the morning, Hannah served them breakfast and watched from her front stoop as the soldiers departed. Later that day, Hannah fell ill of a congestive chill followed by a cerebral stroke. Hannah Benedict Carter died a few hours later on her husband Captain John Carter's birthday. She was originally buried on God's Acre across from the Congregational Church. Subsequently, her tombstone was moved to the Carter Street Cemetery. Our chapter spruces up this cemetery each spring and fall to honor our chapter namesake and her contribution to the American Revolution.
L to R: Our chapter founder, Cornelia Esther Carter Comstock; Hannah Benedict Carter's tombstone; chapter members cleaning up the Carter Street Cemetery on Earth Day.
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