Fort Osage photos by Frank Thompson


Welcome to the Fort Osage Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution website (NSDAR).  We are so happy that you opened this page.  We are looking for women whose ancestors had American Revolutionary War service, either military or patriotic service.  NSDAR is a public service, lineage organization that promotes patriotism,  historic preservation, and education.

We alternate our meeting locations to include Sibley, Independence, Lee’s Summit, and Odessa.  If you love American heritage, you will enjoy our meetings.  Come join us!


Fort Osage was the second U.S. outpost built following the Louisiana Purchase. The site, overlooking the Osage Indianbends and currents of the Missouri River, was first observed on June 23, 1804, by William Clark during the Voyage of Discovery as a likely spot for a fort. Clark wrote in his 1808 journal*, "Rose early examined the Situation and the points of a Small Island, which is opposite, found the River could be completely defended and Situation elegant, this Situation I had examined in the year 1804 and was delighted with it and am equally so now, ordered the Boats to be unloaded and tools got ready to work, and fixed on the spot for the fort and other buildings..." During its nineteen years of existence, Fort Osage received explorers and dignitaries, trappers, traders, and the great Native American leaders. Today's Fort is a reconstruction from original plans still in existence in Washington, D.C.

*the Journal of William Clark, On His Expedition to Establish Fort Osage, August 25 to September 22, 1808.