The Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter, NSDAR, was formed on December 8, 2007 in Wilmington, North Carolina, with 13 founding members. Our chapter home is the Battleship North Carolina, our chapter emblem is the tea camellia, and our chapter colors are indigo for wisdom and silver for the feminine.
History of our name
Ask most Americans and they will know about the Boston Tea Party, but how many are familiar with the Wilmington Tea Party of 1775, in which women of the port city played a vital role?
Wilmington women publicly opposed British trade policies and swore to never buy tea again until such policies were remanded. Although the tea tax was minimal, it enraged many because tea was the popular nonalcoholic drink of the era. Tea parties offered an effective political arena to protest taxation. Sometime between March 25 and April 5, 1775, the women of Wilmington actually burned their tea to protest imposing trade legislation and increased taxation. Their actions showed that, in the spring of 1775, many Wilmington residents, like their counterparts in the other American colonies, opposed increased British taxation and trade restrictions. Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk takes its name from these patriotic ladies.
*excerpts taken from When Wilmington Threw A Tea Party: Women and Political Awareness in Revolution-Era North Carolina
by Dr. Troy L. Kickler