The North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati is a unique group indeed. Founded in Hillsborough, N. C. on 23 October 1783, and now headquartered in Raleigh, it is one of thirteen such Societies organized in the closing days of the Revolutionary War by officers of the American army, whose descendants constitute the present membership.
Yes, you read that correctly. Each member is a direct descendent of a revolutionary officer and the history they have helped keep alive over these past centuries is incredible. As the nation’s oldest hereditary military organization, the mission of the Society of the Cincinnati is to perpetuate the ideals of those patriots who, risking their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor in the struggle for independence, gave birth to the United States of America.
It was a pleasure to spend part of an afternoon with Mr. Parker creating his official Presidential portrait at the Society's Raleigh Headquarters.