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

  • January 15:
    Port Bath Lecture and Exhibit Unveiling

    Thursday, 6:30 - 8 pm
    Ed Hodges will present a lecture "First Town, First Port" in which he will discuss celebrating the naming of Bath as the first official port of entry for the colony in 2015 and 2016! The new "First Town, First Port" hallway exhibit will be unveiled and refreshments will be served. This event is 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

Admission for House Tours

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

 


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