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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Upcoming Events

  • September 27:
    Magazine's Museum Day Live!

    Saturday, 9am - 5pm
    With a Museum Day Live! ticket, 2 people are able to explore Historic Bath Site for FREE this day only! Tours of the Bonner House will be offered at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 with the Palmer-Marsh House tours happening at 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00. There is a limit of 30 people per house tour due to space constraints. There will also be numerous 18th and 19th century craft demonstrations and activities occurring throughout the day. Print out your Museum Day Live! ticket at: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

  • October 7-9 and 14-15:
    Heritage Days

    On the above mentioned dates, Historic Bath Site will only be offering a 3:00pm tour of the Bonner House and 4:00pm tour of the Palmer-Marsh House due to 5 days of fourth grade school programming occurring at the site. The Walking Tour, Van Der Veer House, Orientation Video and Gift Shop will operate as normal on these days.

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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