Dr. Henry Jackson Darst, Jr.
   
   
   
 

      HSC Honorary Member

 


Dr. Henry Jackson Darst, Jr.

Henry Jackson Darst, Jr.,  son of Henry J. Darst and Corine Fortune Darst, is a native of Kentucky. Dr. Darstís grandfather, Dr. John C. Darst, practiced medicine in Pulaski and Roanoke, and his great grandfather, Major James H. Darst, was one of the most influential men in politics, banking and agriculture in Southwest Virginia.  Dr. Darst was reared at Dublin, Pulaski County, Virginia where his ancestors settled when the area was still frontier.  His childhood home was within two miles of the graves of three Revolutionary soldiers and officers of the War of 1812 and the War Between the States from whom he descends.  At an early age, he learned the significance of his heritage.

Dr. Henry Jackson Darst, Jr. is married to Ann Harrison Booker Darst.

Dr. Darst earned his Masters Degree (History of Social Thought), and his Ph.D. (History of Education) from the University of Virginia. He taught at Lynchburg College and the University of Virginia.  Dr. Darst was a senior educator in the Department of the Army and was involved with the graduate civilian education of regular army officers, and overall operation of Army service schools.  Since 1960 he has operated two farms, 'Bird Hill' in James City County and 'Heron Hill' in York County, primarily engaged in the breeding and raising thoroughbred and quarter horses.


Memberships
* Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia  (Registrar)
* Society of the Colonial Wars in Virginia (Registrar
)
* Society of the War of 1812 in Virginia
* Huguenot Society of Virginia (President)
* Sons of the Revolution in Virginia
* Sons of the American Revolution (Williamsburg Chapter President)
* Sons of Confederate Veterans
* Military Order of the Stars and Bars


Authorships 

Ante-Bellum Virginia Disciples:  an Account of theOorigins and Early
     Development of the Disciples of Christ in Virginia
 
(1959)

The Darsts of Virginia:  a Chronical of Ten Generations in the Old
     Dominion with Sketches of the Cecil, Charlton, Glendy, Grigsby,
     Larew, Miller, Trolinger, Welch and Wygal and WysorFamilies

    
(1972) 

Dublin and the Darsts:  a Portrait of a Virginia Country Town and One
     of its Families
(1992)


Other Notes
Dr. Darst is a member of the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virgnia and the Farmington Club in Charlottesville, Virginia.  he also holds membership in the Williamsburg Rotary Club and Middle Plantation Club of Williamsburg, Virginia.

He is Chairman of the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Dr. Darst was appointed by Governor Allen as Chairman of a State Board to recommend the acquisition of conservation easements.  He is President of the Charles City--James City-- New Kent-- York Farm Bureau, as well as President of the Four Rivers Agricultural Services Corp.  Dr. Darst serves as Secretary for the James City Board of Agriculture

In addition, Dr. Darst is Director of the the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, and a member of the Virginia Historical Society, the New River Historical Society, the Rockbridge Historical Society, and the Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities

   
   
   
 
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