Savannah Headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati
The Society of the Cincinnati is a benevolent, patriotic, military, non-political organization founded after the Revolutionary War, in 1783. The Continental Army was about to be disbanded after eight long years of warfare, and its officers and those of their French allies determined to organize a society to perpetuate the ideals for which they had fought.
The first President General was George Washington. The founding members of the Society adopted this premise: “The Officers of the American Army having generally been taken from the citizens of America, possess high veneration for the character of that illustrious Roman Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus; and being resolved to follow his example by returning to their citizenship, they think they may with propriety denominate themselves the Society of the Cincinnati.” Cincinnatus is famous for his quotation “And now we will pound our swords into plowshares and proceed with peace.”
There are 13 chapters in the United States, one in each of the original states, and also one in France. Membership today is about 2,700 with just over 100 in the Georgia Chapter.
Members of the Society of the Cincinnati are elected to membership through one of fourteen constituent societies that together are the Society of the Cincinnati. Membership is not based on the residence of the member, but rather on the eligibility of his ancestor; i.e., each member joins the constituent society that his ancestor would have been eligible to join.
The constituent societies were founded in the original thirteen states and in France after the close of the American Revolution by the officers of the Continental army and navy and their French counterparts. Today’s members, who live throughout the globe, are descended from these and other eligible officers. All members belong to one of the following fourteen constituent societies:
Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire
The American Independence Museum
Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati
Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation
Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut
Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey
The State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania
Delaware State Society of the Cincinnati
Society of the Cincinnati of Maryland
Society of the Cincinnati of the State of Virginia
North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati
Society of the Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina
Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia
The Society of the Cincinnati Headquarters
2118 Massachusetts Avenue,