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?

  • Check out the new Junior Interpreter Program for teens aged 13-17.

  • 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.

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

Upcoming Events

  • October 28:
    "Blackbeard's Ghost" Movie Night

    Saturday, 7 - 9 pm
    Historic Bath will be hosting an outside movie night, on the lot next to the Bonner House Kitchen, on Saturday, October 28, beginning at 7:00. Bring your blanket and popcorn for a night of laughter under the stars. "Blackbeard's Ghost" is the tale of a track coach who accidentally recites some magic words, and summons the ghost of the dreaded pirate, Blackbeard. This event is free, and open to the public.

  • November 2:
    An Evening at the Bonner House

    Thursday, 6 - 8 pm
    You are cordially invited to spend an evening at the Bonner House. Join site staff for a private after hours tour of the Bonner House. Heavy hor d'oeuvres and alcohol will be served. The cost is $25 per person, and tickets are available at the Visitor Center. Tickets will be available until October 27, 2017. What better spot to watch the beautiful Bath sunset, than from the Bonner House in Historic Bath.

  • November 4:
    Campfire Stories

    Saturday, 6 - 8 pm
    Come Listen to stories and legends around a campfire at the Bonner House Yard - 200 Front Street Local storytellers Judi Hickinson, Hannah Easley, and Phoebe Wahab (known as the Inner Banks Tellers) will delight young and old with these tales. Some of these legends, you might know or have heard or even seen, but when they are told around a campfire . . . you might just believe. All are welcome. Refreshments will be available. Event is free to the public. In case of inclement weather, this event will be held in the Theater Room of the Visitor Center in Bath at 207 Carteret Street.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .
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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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