The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America was founded in 1891 in Philadelphia. The Florida Society is one of 44 State Societies in The National Society, and the Ximenez-Fatio House is its state museum house.
The NSCDA has been active in the fields of historic preservation, patriotic service and education since its early beginnings. The Society awards scholarships and prizes to encourage the study of history, to arouse interest in the heritage of the past, and to awaken pride in the privileges and duties of citizenship.
One of the most significant and lasting contributions of the Society has been in the field of preservation and restorations of historic properties, authentically furnished and interpreted, and open to the public with educational guided tours.
In November 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation presented its Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites to The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America "for acquiring, restoring, and interpreting a collection of historic properties that offer invaluable opportunities to experience the rich variety of America's heritage."
More than 80 properties are affiliated with the Corporate Societies nationwide, of which 42 are wholly-owned and/or completely managed by the Corporate Societies. With respect to the other properties, Dames provide various types of support including financial, volunteer services, donations of furnishings and other objects, and management participation with state and municipal governments, local historical groups and private preservation entities.