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

  • February 28:
    Lecture: A Civil Rights Movement

    Saturday, 10 - 11:30 am
    Join local teacher and historian, Amanda Hilliard Smith, as she presents a lecture based on her research and book entitled, "Local Civil Rights Movement: Williamston Freedom Movement, 1957-1970." During the summer of 1963, civil rights movements were taking place all over the south. In nearby Williamston, their legacy of voting rights advocacy and a history of violence caught the attention of Martin Luther King, Jr. Just as an attempt was being made to increase media coverage, John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the nation lost interest, leaving the Williamston Freedom Movement a small footnote in our state's and country's history. This lecture is free to the public.

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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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