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.

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Upcoming Events

  • December 2:
    A Walk Through Christmas' Past

    Saturday, 4 - 6 pm
    Historic Bath invites you to this special after hours guided Christmas tour. Experience Colonial Christmas at the Palmer Marsh House and the beauty of Victorian Christmas at the Bonner House. The evening will feature vignettes done by costumed interpreters. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the gate.

  • December 9:
    Christmas Open House

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Historic Bath invites you to our annual Christmas Open House Program. The schedule for the day is as follows:

    10:00 Christmas Craft in the Visitor Center
    12:00-4:00 Palmer Marsh will be open and will feature the musical talents of the Ad Hoc Players
    12:00-4:00 The Bonner House will be open and will feature the musical talents of Mrs. Dawn Pooser.
    1:00 and 3:00 Reading of "Twas' the Night Before Christmas" at the Bonner House
    12:00-4:00 Open Hearth Cooking demonstration in the Bonner House Kitchen
    2:00-4:00 Apple Press demonstration and apple cider and gingerbread at the Bonner House.

    This event is free, and open to the public.

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

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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