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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What's New?

  • Starting April 12, we're open Sunday! Come visit us on Sunday afternoon . . . we're here from 1 - 5 pm, and would love to have some company.

  • 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.

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

Upcoming Events

  • July 3:
    The museum will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3rd. The museum will re-open to the public on Saturday, July 4th.

  • July 17:
    An Evening with Israel Hands

    Friday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
    Leland Smith, who portrays Blackbeard's shipmate Israel Hands, with the Devilmen of Cape Feare/Lieutenant Maynard's Crew, will speak on this pirate who has hidden behind his more famous captain's limelight through the years. The lecture will be held in the Historic Bath visitor center and refreshments will be served. The lecture is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

  • July 18:
    Pirates in the Port

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    This 2nd annual signature pirate event in Bath, featuring The Devilmen of Cape Feare/Lieutenant Maynard's Crew, will focus on an actual historic occurrence in Bath following the death of Blackbeard, and capture of some crew members following the battle at Ocracoke. The first part of the day's events will be narrated by author and researcher Kevin Duffus and will be a reenactment of Lieutenant Maynard's reporting to Captain Brand and the subsequent interrogation of prisoners. There will be a memorial service to remember those who fell during the battle fighting for king and country. A pirate encampment and scheduled talks about Blackbeard, offering various possibilities of who this mysterious man may have been, will complete the events for the day. All events are free.

  • October 16 - 17:
    Ghost Walk

    Friday and Saturday, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
    Take a one hour walk through the village of Bath, hearing stories of some of those people whose feet walked these very streets in the past, from Blackbeard and the Colonial Rev. George Whitefield, to 20th century author Edna Ferber, inspired to write Show Boat based on her visit to see the James Adams Floating Theatre while it was docked in Bath. This two-night event will have limited space; two tours will be held each evening. Tickets will not be sold in advance; ticket sales begin at 6:30 pm. The first tour will leave promptly at 7:30 pm. Since this is an outdoor event, it will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.

  • December 12:
    Christmas Open House

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    This day will be a joyous beginning to the Christmas season with the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday abounding throughout the historic buildings and streets of Bath. Activities will be scheduled during the morning hours, with an open house of the 1751 Palmer-Marsh, 1830 Bonner and 1790 Van Der Veer Houses decorated in Colonial Revival style. Music will be performed and refreshments will be served. The day's events are free of charge.

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
Sunday: 1 - 5 pm (starting April 12)

Admission for House Tours

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


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