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  • Monument Name

    Martha McFarland McGee Bell Monument, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Women Figures

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This monument consists of a large rectangular granite block atop a granite base. There is a bronze plaque in the center with an inscription. Although the inscription has a date of 1928 the marker was not dedicated until 1929 to honor the defiant Martha Bell.

  • Inscription

    MRS. MARTHA MCFARLAND MCGEE-BELL / 1735-1820 / LOYAL WHIG- ENTHUSIASTIC PATRIOT / REVOLUTIONARY HEROINE / WE ARE INDEBTED TO E.W. CARUTHERS / FOR THE EVENTFULSTORY OF HER LIFE / ERECTED BY / ALEXANDER MARTIN CHAPTER, D.A.R / HIGH POINT, N.C. / 1928

  • Custodian

    Guilford Battleground Company

  • Dedication Date

    February 23, 1929

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.131650 , -79.845730 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Inventory Form - Guilford Courthouse National Military Park," National Register of Historic Places, (accessed February 6, 2012) Link

      Baker, Thomas E. and Michael H. White. The Monuments at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina, (Greensboro, NC: Guilford Courthouse NMP, 1991)

      “Historical News.” The North Carolina Historical Review, vol. 6, no. 2, 1929, pp. 210–212, (accessed April 20, 2018) Link

      “Mrs. Martha McFarland McGee-Bell,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed April 11, 2018) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    Alexander Martin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Mrs. R.K. Stewart, Alexander Martin chapter regent and Mrs. J.S. Welborn, chapter historian, led the dedication service. The chief address was given by A.R. Newson, Secretary of the North Carolina Historical Commission.

  • Subject Notes

    Martha Bell was born 1735 in what is now Alamance County, North Carolina. She married John McGee, a farmer but then remarried to William Bell after John’s death. William Bell lived in Randolph County and had a mill called Bell’s Mill on the Deep River. After the battle of Guilford Courthouse, Martha was confronted by General Lord Cornwallis and his men at her gritmill. She threatened to burn the mill if the British men hurt her or the property but Cornwallis promised to protect her and the mill.

  • Location

    The memorial is located in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, along a walking path behind the Visitor Center.

  • Landscape

    The marker stands in the woods, surrounded by mature trees of the National Park.

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