Historic Bath

Colonial Period – A National Historic Landmark

European settlement near the Pamlico River in the 1690s led to the founding of Bath, North Carolina's first town, in 1705. By 1708, Bath had 50 people and 12 houses. It soon became North Carolina's first port. Political rivalries, Indian wars, and piracy marked its early years but in 1746 Bath was considered for the colony's capital. However, when county government moved away in the late 1700s, Bath lost most of its importance and trade. Its original town limits encompass a historic district today. Continued

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Historic Bath

What's New?

  • Check out the new Junior Interpreter Program for teens aged 13-17.

  • Looking for a memorable venue for your wedding, meeting, or event?
    Select locations at Historic Bath are available for special occasions. Call (252) 923-3971 for details and pricing.

  • Visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages! Give us a "Like" or "Follow us" to learn more about Historic Bath. Please visit our social media sites for information on projects, opportunities, fun facts, pictures, and more.

Upcoming Events

  • March 2:
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Friday, 11:30 am
    Historic Bath invites you to the grand opening of "The Queen Anne's Revenge Traveling Exhibit" Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:30 am. The ceremony will take place in the Northwest wing of the Old Bath High School (new Bath Exhibit Hall). Light refreshments to follow. For more information please contact the Visitor Center at 252-923-3971.

  • March 24:
    Everthing You Ever Wanted to Know about Pirates

    Saturday, 10 - 11:30 am
    Dr. Charles Ewen will be here to discuss "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Pirates, But Were Afraid to Ask". Dr. Ewen, Director of Phelps Archaeology Lab and a professor at East Carolina University, will discuss the lives of pirates during the early 18th century, and how archaeology has revealed information that may not be what you expected. Dr. Ewen also serves as the liason for the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab, and will share the latest finds relating to Blackbeard the Pirate's flagship. This is a free event and will take place at the Historic Bath Visitor Center.

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

Historic Bath Information

Contact Us

Historic Bath
P.O. Box 148
207 Carteret Street
Bath, NC 27808
Phone: (252) 923-3971
Email: bath@ncdcr.gov

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

Admission for House Tours

Adults - $2; Students - $1
Price is "per house" for tours of Palmer-Marsh and Bonner Houses.


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