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 Blackbeard 300 Blog / Queen Anne's Revenge Project

  • We're open Sunday! Come visit us on Sunday afternoon . . . we're here from 1 - 5 pm, and would love to have some company.

  • 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

  • July 22:
    Site Work Day

    Saturday, 7 am - 5 pm
    Hear ye! Hear ye! Historic Bath State Site needs volunteers for a site work day. On Saturday July 22nd from 7:00 am until the site closes at 5:00 pm, we need bodies and a sense of humor to help us with some much-needed TLC for our treasure here in Bath. Volunteers are not required to stay all day, and any amount of time and any age of volunteer is welcome. Some projects needing attention are fencing, buildings needing paint, low hanging branches needing to be removed, power washing buildings and the sidewalk, etc. Volunteers are encouraged to bring: Lawn mowers, trimmers, various snips and branch cutting devices, shovels, hoes, pick axes, wheel barrels, paint brushes, buckets, brushes, extension cords, hammers, and your favorite tool for doing the right job. Lunch and drinks will be provided!

  • 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
Sunday: 1 - 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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