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?

  • 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.

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Upcoming Events

  • May 20:
    Bath Fest

    Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm
    The Town of Bath has long been celebrated as North Carolina's first town, first port, and home of the famous rogue, Blackbeard. Bath also has a long and proud heritage of supporting our military. Bath Fest 2017 will take you back in time, not 300 years to colonial Bath but 100 years as the residents of eastern North Carolina looked eastward to the war raging in Europe. In honor of the Centennial of World War I, and in celebration of Armed Forces Day, Bath Fest 2017 will hold a living history event. Living history units portraying the World War I period will be encamped at Bonner's Point in Historic Bath. Art will still meet history on May 20, 2017 at Bath Fest as arts and craft vendors sell their original works, and students from Bath Elementary School present their artwork. For more information go to www.bathfest.com.

  • Stay tuned . . .
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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
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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