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Historian to speak to Sons of American Revolution about pivotal southern campaign

Stewart Dunaway
Stewart Dunaway

The Villages Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 will host Stewart Dunaway, who will be speaking on the southern campaign of the Revolutionary War. These are the battles that paved the way to the final combat of the war. Visitors are welcome to attend.

Dunaway has worked out of the North Carolina State Archives for over 15 years photographing historic records and publishing them in book format. He has published more than 270-different book titles, which impacted history in the state. These books document North Carolina’s entire collection of road, bridge, mill, ferry, and ordinary records. Dunaway has also published several books pertaining to the American Revolution – one of which is listed in the National Park Service book catalog (North Carolina in the American Revolution).

Dunaway served on the board of directors for the Friends of the State Archives for nearly four years. He was a member of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (NC), as well as the NC Genealogical Society (NGS), publishing articles in their magazine. He worked with Duke Forest, a division of Duke University, updating their catalog of historical items within their forest holdings. In addition, his research uncovered and documented a slave cemetery, including the slave names and some genealogy.

Dunaway and his wife moved to The Villages in 2019. As fifth generation Floridian –  Dunaway has now embarked on land research detailing Florida’s land grant records.

An active SAR member, Dunaway is past president of two different chapters in North Carolina, including one term as state historian for North Carolina State SAR. He is currently the first vice president of the Lake Sumter chapter of SAR.

The meeting will be at Captiva Recreation Center.

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