Bath Journals

North Carolina's First Town

A February 2001 trip to Bath by Kathy

A winter sunset Photo, Bath, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: Bath isn't one of the big resorts that people hit, they usually go to the Outer Banks. Bath is a very small town. The 1990 census lists population as 196. The 2000 census results are not listed yet. Blackbeard was here and legend has it that his treasure is still buried here. Europeans first came here in 1690. The towns location seemed ideal with easy access to the river and 50 miles away from Okracoke inlet. The first settlers here were French Protestants from Virginia. By 170, Bath consisted of 12 houses and about 50 people. Trade consisted of tobacco and furs. Bath was also the haunt of Edward Teach. Better known as "Blackbeard." An expedition of the British Navy killed him in a battle near Okracoke in 1718. Now it seems people are finding the area of Eastern NC as a wonderful place to visit and retire. You can enjoy fishing, crabbing, birdwatching or just sitting and having a cold beer with friends. Bath is in the early preparations for a 300 Birthday in 2005.

North Carolina's First Town

Overview

Welcome to Bath Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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I live in Northern Virginia and Bath NC is our vacation home, we go down there twice a month and for long wknds and usually 2 separate weeks in the summer and plan on retiring in about 12 years.

Quick Tips:

Don't expect a resort. There are 2 Bed and Breakfast in town and that is about it.

Washington, NC is 16 miles away and there are a lot of motels there. Bath is located about 40 miles from Greeneville, NC home of ECU.

Best Way To Get Around:

Drive or boat.

The Palmer-Marsh House Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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Built in 1740 Palmer-Marsh House. Note the double chimney which is the distinctive feature of the house.

The building is an excellent example of a large house from the Colonial period. The architecture and history of the house were the basis for it to be designated to the list of Historic Landmarks.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 21, 2001

The Palmer-Marsh House
Main Street
Bath, North Carolina

Visitor center

Attraction

Visitor center Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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The first stop should be the visitor center.

They have an orientation movie, "A town called Bath", which is a very good background for the tour of the town.

There is also a restroom in the visitor center and they have a small shop with souvenir items for sale.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2001

Visitor center
Carteret Street
Bath, North Carolina

Bonner House

Attraction

Bonner House Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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This house was built in 1830 and was the home of the Bonner's, one of the distinguished families in Beaufort County history.

The house is an excellent example of North Carolina coastal architecture characterized by large porches on the front and rear.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2001

Bonner House
Front Street
Bath, North Carolina

Van der Veer House

Attraction

Van der Veer House Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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Built in 1790, this house was relocated from the waterfront on the north edge of town near the Blackbeard Amphitheater and is still under renovation.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 21, 2001

Van der Veer House
Harding Street
Bath, North Carolina

Quarterdeck Inc: Marine & Ships Store

Attraction | "Quarterdeck"

Quarterdeck Inc: Marine & Ships Store Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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This is also the boat launching ramp. Cost 4.00. They have all your snack needs. Chips, beer cokes etc. Bait also. They also have videos for rent. You can even get a hand dipped ice cream here.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2001

Quarterdeck Inc: Marine & Ships Store
503 Carteret Street
Bath, North Carolina 27808
(252) 923-2361

Sharon Harmon Muir Art Studio Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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See the Website www.MuirArts.com.
Sharon and her husband Harry go to India for 4 months each year, where Sharon collects rare and beautiful stones to make her one of a kind jewelry.
She is also a very accomplished artist painting anything from seascapes to colorful houses in India.
See their website as it gives a lot of great information.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

Sharon Harmon Muir Art Studio
120 Main Street
Bath, North Carolina

St Thomas Episcopal Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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St. Thomas Episcopal Church was built in 1734-62 and remains the oldest church in NC. The Church has been restored and is still in use by the Episcopal Diocese. Visitors may enter thru the front door for a self guided tour.

Bonner Point

Story/Tip

My dog Basil Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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Across Front St. is the picnic area on Bonner Point. From this point, Back Creek on the left joins Bath Creek and flows into the Pamlico River straight ahead.

The Pamlico River

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Kayaking Photo, Bath, North Carolina
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The river is the source of lots of pleasure and can be deadly during a hurricane. Bath suffered a lot and had much damage from Hurricane Bonnie in 96 and Fran and 2 years ago Floyd, but fishing and boating and all watersports are enjoyed on the river almost all year.

Crabs are abundant in the summer and soft shells are a special treat that can also be enjoyed.

Some of the most beautiful sunsets occur in the fall.

Most people who venture down here love it; they wonder why we come until they spend a few days or a week here and then they are hooked.

About the Writer

Kathy

Kathy
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia