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?

  • Beginning August 1, 2012, prices for tours of Palmer-Marsh and Bonner Houses will change to the following: $2 per house for adults and $1 per house for children through grade 12.
  • On May 5, 2012, Bath celebrated 50 years of having the Palmer-Marsh and Bonner houses open to the public. The teaching booklet, Unlocking the Doors to Bath's History, tells the story of Bath's past and its preservation efforts. The booklet is produced through a grant from the Historic Bath Foundation, Inc.
  • 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.
  • Golden Anniversary
    This year-long exhibit highlights Historic Bath's 50 years as a state historic site. See photographs and memorabilia of important people and events from throughout the years.
  • We now have a Facebook page!

Upcoming Events

  • May 17:
    Bath Fest

    Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm
    A Town of Bath and Historic Bath Site arts and history festival, Bath Fest will have a genealogy theme this year - "Bath Roots Run Deep." Join us, along with Blackbeard the pirate, for a day of shopping with homemade craft vendors, music, food booths, free historic home tours, children's activities (including a pirate costume contest) and special help getting started doing your own family research with the Beaufort County Genealogical Society, Kay Tillotson, Genealogy Research Librarian at the NC State Library and more! Learn more at www.bathfest.com.

  • May 17:
    Cut-Throat Croquet Tournament

    Saturday, 9:30 am - 5 pm
    Join the Beaufort County Community College Foundation as a participant or spectator, as it sponsors the 11th annual croquet tournament. Money raised helps fund the Dot and John Tankard Scholarship and projects at Historic Bath Site. If you aren't on the "cut-throat" level, never fear - we have a beginner's level, as well! The "wicket" little course is set up beside the 1830 Bonner House. Limited spaces for play (44) and for the chef's gourmet luncheon (130) on the Bonner House grounds, so sign up today! Cost is $35 to play (includes lunch) or $25 for the meal; no rain date. For more information, call the BCCCF at 252-940-6218.

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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