Historical Markers

Roadside historical markers serve both to remind us of historical people and places and to mark the physical locations of important people and places in the history of Person County. A number of markers within Person County have been erected as a part of the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program; these have a silver background. Other markers have been erected by the Person County Historical Society and the Person County Museum; these have a dark green background. The list below that are underlined are links to pages that provide information about the history of the people and places commemorated by the markers in Person County.





J. G. A. Williamson   G72.
Heritage I, page 61. State.
Hurdle Mills Road
Edwin G. Reade   G51.
Heritage I, page 61.State.
US 501 S at Helena Road
Rev. John Alexander Beam(1853-1928) and Mollie Lucas Beam (1867-1951)

Two worthy servants of God. Leading educators, benefactors, and distinguished citizens of Person County of more than half century. Mr. Beam, born in Cleveland County, graduated at Wake Forest College. Founder Bethel Hill Institute 1888. Person County Superintendent of Schools, 1914-1923. Mr. Beam, born in Bleinheim, South Carolina, graduated at Oxford College. First woman to be elected County Superintendent of Public Instruction in North Carolina.
Home site 1/4 mile west. School 1/4 mile east.

Erected under auspices of Person County Historical Society, 1966

Heritage I, page 60. Private.  
Paine's Tavern Paine's Tavern
Site of
First Person County
1791 - 1793
150 ft. west
Built by Dr. James Paine
Heritage I, page 54. Private.  
John Columbus Terrell, M.D. 1818 - 1897
Person County - North Carolina
Birthplace within one mile. Educated:

Solomon Lea School, Leasburg, North
Carolina and University of Penn-
sylvania, Philadelphia. Received M.D.
April 3, 1840.
Dr. Terrell was Person County's greatest
benefactor to education. He Accumulated

his wealth as a general practitioner in
Cuningham Township. At death he be-
queathed a substaintial sum for the
building of schoolhouses in every
township and heavily endowed them.
Heritage I, page 50. Private. Cuningham.
W. W. Kitchin Governor, 1909 - 1913,
member of Congress.
Moved to Roxboro from
Scotland Neck in 1888.
Home is 2 blocks E.
Heritage I, page 11. State.
Madison Blvd
William R. Webb "Sawney"
Founder, 1870, of Webb
School, since 1886 in
Bell Buckle, Tenn.
Confederate soldier,
U.S. Senator, 1913.
Born 1842, one mile S.
Heritage I, page 11. State.
NC 158 at Mt Tirzah Road
Cornwallis Passed a few miles
west. February 1781.
Greene followed and
the Battle of Guilford
Courthouse resulted,
March 15, 1781.
Heritage I, page 9. State.
US501 at NC / VA border
Greene Pursued by Cornwallis
crossed into Virginia
and forded the Dan
River northeast of
here. February 1781.
Heritage I, page 9. State.
US501 at NC / VA border
Thomas Person Leader of popular move-
ments: Regulation, Revolu-
tion, and Antifederalism.
His home in Goshen stood
five miles north.
Heritage I, page 4. State.
Highway 158 in Granville County near the Person-Granville line.
Robert Paine Leader in organization
of Methodist Episcopal
Church. South. 1845.
Bishop. president of
LaGrange College, Ala.,
& author. Born 1 mi. E.
Heritage I, page 69. State.
US 501 South
Bessie Heath Daniel 1886 - 1976
"Miss Bessie." Respected
local historian., radio
personality, teacher &
farmer. Her birthplace,
home, & grave 1 mi. East. Daniel Family Cemetery

See Bessie Heath Daniels Papers, Collection 04187

Family Bible transcription

High Plains School Established in 1888 for the Indians
of Person County. First one room
school was built on Green Martin's
land 1 mile east. The second and
third schools were built on land
donated by Ditrion W. & Mary M. Epps
in 1903. The school was unique in
that it was financed by North
Carolina and Virginia. In 1962, the
school was closed and the student
body transferred to Bethel Hill
and Allensville Schools.
Lea's Chapel
United Methodist Church
The church was formed as an Anglican
Chapel in 1750 on South Hyco Creek. It was
a widely recognized landmark in this frontier
region and was known as "Chapel Church."
Francis Asbury, one of two first Bishops of
the Methodist church, preached here in 1781
during the Revolutionary War. The church
passed to the Methodists after 1784.
The church was the first organized church
in what became Person County in 1792.
*Note: The church was in Granville County
when formed in 1750 and was next in Orange
County before being passed to Caswell County
and became Person County in 1792.
Dr. William Merritt


Dr. John Hamlett Merritt

Originally built along 501 North in the Bethel Hill community, this building was a four room medical office established ca. 1860 by Dr. William Merritt.  Dr. John Merritt started his practice in the Bethel Hill community in 1906; the same community that his father had practiced medicine in beginning in 1850. He built a small four room office on the north side of his family home.    
Waverly Plantation The Cuningham home called Waverly still exists on Cuningham Road in Person County along with the cemetery where Alexander Cuningham and 7 generations are buried. Waverly was built from 1824 to 1834. The chapel on the grounds of Waverly was used by the Episcopal Church and by travelers passing on the stage line.    

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