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?

  • 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. 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

  • September 23:
    Museum Day Live!

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    The Palmer Marsh and Bonner House tours will be FREE on Saturday, September 23, beginning at 10:00. Come experience what life would have been like in a port town, in both the 18th and 19th centuries. Also, for this day only, see the "It's Revolutionary!" traveling exhibit, courtesy of the North Carolina Archives. This exhibit features original North Carolina founding documents. Living history demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids will be done throughout the day. This special event is free, and open to the public.

  • September 23:
    Music on the Point

    Saturday, 5 - 8 pm
    Come out to Bonner's Point on Saturday, September 23 beginning at 5:00 for Music on the Point with a food truck rodeo, featuring music by Scearce and Ketner. Scearce and Ketner, an acoustic duo from Swansboro, will perform favorite songs by a wide variety of artists, as well as originals from their album "Abducted". Food truck vendors include Kona Ice, Wooten's Pork Skins, Shep's Farm to Truck, Williams Catering, and the debut of Pamlico River Coffee. This is a FREE event, so bring your lawn chair or towel for a night out on the point!

  • 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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