A chief objective of the Daughters of the American Revolution is historic preservation. From the very beginning of the Tennessee Society, historic preservation was a great concern, and many markers were placed to commemorate historic sites as well as Revolutionary Patriot graves. Mary Boyce Temple, Tennessee State Regent 1906-1908 and 1920-1923, who served as Vice President General of the National Society from 1898-1900, was the driving force behind the preservation of the Blount Mansion in Knoxville. By 1985, State Regent Grace Gary proposed the designation of a historic site in each district to be supported by the Tennessee Daughters. The five sites are Appalachian District, Blount Mansion in Knoxville; Cherokee District, Brainerd Mission Cemetery in Chattanooga; Chickasaw District, Davy Crockett Cabin Museum in Rutherford; Cumberland District, Fort Nashborough in Nashville; Sequoyah District, The Rock House in Sparta. Each of these sites receives financial support from the chapters in Tennessee, and the chapter members in the districts also provide their services as docents, hostesses, landscape maintenance, gardeners, cleaning staff and in various other support activities.
Tennessee Period Room
In addition to these sites, the Tennessee Period Room in the DAR Museum which is located in Memorial Continental Hall in Washington, DC is also supported by the Tennessee Daughters. This recreation of a Tennessee parlor of the Andrew Jackson era first appears in the records of the Tennessee Society in 1913, when a member reported that $24.18 was still owed for furnishing the room. The 24 Tennessee chapters each gave $1 toward this debt, with Cumberland, the largest chapter, paying the extra.