On March 30, two representatives of the local Daughters of the American Revolution presented Principal Bertie Allgood, on behalf of the entire student body, a framed print of President George Washington. The school was established more than thirty years ago on Walton Ferry Road and has a student body of 455. The land was originally owned by William Walton, who operated a ferry on the land at the Cumberland River and crossing to the present location of Old Hickory. A cable was stretched across the river and allowed passengers to traverse the river by ferry. This was established in the early settlement of Hendersonville as there were no bridges.
The General Jethro Sumner Chapter of NSDAR was represented by Jane Black and Bettye Freudenthal. Ms. Black stated that in his farewell address, President Washington stated, "Promote then as an object of primary importance institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge". Like President Washington, the Daughters of the American Revolution believe education is one of the cornerstones of our society. "We wish to thank our educators who work tirelessly to make our communities better through educating our children and we donate this portrait in their honor", stated Ms. Black.
The "Portrait Project" was begun several years ago by Mr. and Mrs. Roupen Gulbenk as a way to promoted the study if History and to honor our first American President. Many copies of the portrait were given to individual chapters of DAR to frame and place in Tennessee schools. If your school would like a copy of the portrait, please contact Sandra Long, Regent of the General Jethro Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org.