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Oldtown in Forsyth County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Bell House

(reconstructed)

 
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, February 22, 2012
1. Bell House Marker
Inscription. A bell used in Bethabara to strike the hours and to call the people together for services, or emergencies, such as the Flax House fire in 1776. The first bell--the only one within 200 miles of Bethabara--frightened Cherokee Indians from the fort in 1760, and was broken "into many pieces" in a storm later that year. A new bell, first placed here, was moved in 1788 to the new Gemeinhaus, where it still hangs (and rings) today.

"We found that one post in the tower in which the bell hangs had rotted badly, so the bell was taken down, the posts cut off at the bottom, and the tower placed temporarily near the carpenter shop so that the bell could still be rung."
Bethabara Diary, April 8, 1766.
 
Erected by Historic Bethabara Park.
 
Location. 36° 9.32′ N, 80° 17.87′ W. Marker is in Oldtown, North Carolina, in Forsyth County. Marker can be reached from Bethabara Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Historic Bethabara Park. Marker is in this post office area: Winston Salem NC 27106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Well 1763 (here, next to this marker); Congregation Kitchen 1766 (a few steps from this marker);
Bell House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 22, 2012
2. Bell House Marker
Pottery Shop 1755 (a few steps from this marker); Family House 1758 (a few steps from this marker); Gemeinhaus 1756 (a few steps from this marker); Palisade Fort (a few steps from this marker); Congregation Store 1759 & 1764 (a few steps from this marker); The Brothers House 1755 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oldtown.
 
Categories. Colonial EraCommunicationsSettlements & Settlers
 
Bell House image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, February 22, 2012
3. Bell House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 13, 2012, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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