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  • Monument Name

    Martha McFarland McGee Bell Monument, Guilford Courthouse

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

    Historic Women Figures

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    This monument consists of a large rectangular granite block atop a granite base. There is a plaque in the center with an inscription. The granite monument was erected in 1928 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

    1929.

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.131650 , -79.845730 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Arrangement for the Big Celebration at the Battle Ground," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 17, 1903, 1 Link

      "Guilford Battle Ground Affairs," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 1, 1903, 1-2 Link

      "Guilford: The Only Revolutionary Battlefield Now a National Park," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 7, 1909, 1-3 Link

      "Patriots Today Will Gather on Historic Grounds of Battle," Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), July 4, 1912 Link

      "Regulars For Guilford," Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), June 28, 1912, 1 Link

      "The Battle Ground Celebration," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 5, 1905, 6 Link

      "The Battle Ground Company," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), September 1, 1902, 1-2 Link

      "The Fourth at Guilford Battle Ground," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 9, 1902, 1 Link

      "The Glorious Fourth," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), July 1, 1901, 1 Link

      "Two Big Celebrations," Greensboro Patriot Weekly (Greensboro, NC), June 30, 1903, 1 Link

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

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite.

  • Sponsors

    Alexander Martin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

  • 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

    Faces Old Battleground Road (East)

  • Landscape

    In the woods between Old Battleground Rd and the Visitor center.

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