Preserving History by Placing Historical Markers
One of the many ways John Bell strives to preserve history is to place markers at historical sites in the Madison area. Most of these markers are bronze, and you've probably seen them without knowing what they were. The newest marker was placed to commemorate our centennial in 2001 and is at the site of the Madison Hotel (1837-1863). This was the second hotel in Madison and was built by Augustus A. Bird, who also was the contractor for the American House and many other of Madison's first buildings. You can find this marker on the building next to the Majestic Theater, first block of King Street off the Square. With the placing of this marker, John Bell has now placed markers at the sites of all three of the earliest hotels: Madison House, also known as the Peck Cabin, Madison's first home (Webster Street), The American House on the Square at the corner of East Washington and Pinckney Street.
Over the years, John Bell has also placed markers at: The Battle of Wisconsin Heights at Wisconsin Heights, which we also restored during the summer of 2009; Indian Effigy Mounds in the Forest Hill Cemetery; Old Spring Tavern on Nakoma Road; Plough Inn on Monroe Street; Indian Trail Crossing from the Sugar River to Lake Waubesa and a marker honoring covered-wagon pioneers at the Monona Terrace. Some day when you are looking for something to do, why don't you go on an historical treasure hunt and see how many of these markers you can find?
Supports America’s Military
NSDAR and its chapters, including John Bell, are lending support to the wounded military personnel at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany as their major project. DAR members and chapters are encouraged to continue to support individual troops and units serving in the war zones with care packages, books, cards, letters, even socks and specially- knit watch hats. The DAR seeks in this way to express our appreciation for the service and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.
National Patriots Bell Tower at Valley Forge
The beautiful National Patriots Bell Tower at Valley Forge National Historical Park was a gift of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Completed in 1953, the tower and its carillon are living memorials dedicated to the memory of General George Washington.
The DAR undertook not only the construction of the tower, but also included an Honor Roll for all Revolutionary War Soldiers and one open to all men and women serving in World Wars I and II, and several special memorials such as the State Seal of Pennsylvania, the Keystone above the main entrance, and the DAR window.
April 2003 was the fiftieth anniversary of the Bell Tower and DAR established an endowment fund for future repairs and maintenance. The John Bell Chapter is proud to have contributed to this project. If you travel to Valley Forge, be sure to look for the Patriots Tower. If you are lucky, you may hear those beautiful bells.