Bath, NC Tourist Attractions
If history is what you are looking for, travel no further than Bath. The town of Bath is North Carolina's oldest town, checking in at over 300 years old. Located in the beautiful Inner Banks region, the town has a small population (250 residents) but is big on history, especially when it comes to Blackbeard the pirate. A pleasant couple of hours can be had in Bath wandering the streets and soaking up the atmosphere.
Historic Bath State Historic Site
Historic Bath State Historical Site, located in the town of Bath, is considered to be North Carolina's first town. Bath was settled in 1690 along the banks of the Pamlico River and was officially recognized as a town in 1705. There are four historic structures on the site that can be toured by visitors and they are: Palmer-Marsh House, Bonner House, Van Der Veer House, and St Thomas Church. Also on site is a visitor's center and gift shop selling unique items.
Address: Box 148, Bath, NC 27808-0148, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Closed: Sun, Mon
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $2.00, Students $1.00
Disability Access: No facilities for persons with disabilities.
Facilities: Gift shop
The Bonner House located in Historic Bath is a wonderful example of early 19th Century Carolina architecture. Of particular note are the original small blown glass windowpanes and the wide plank flooring. Visitors with a keen eye will be able to see the names of the Bonner children etched in the glass windowpanes. The Bonner House is surrounded by majestic old elm, walnut, cedar and dogwood trees making the grounds a pleasant place to linger.
St Thomas Episcopal Church
St Thomas church in Bath was built in 1734. The church is known for having 2 feet think walls. Apart from this, some of the highlights of St Thomas church are Queen Anne's Bell, originally cast in 1750, an 1870s silver candelabra which is thought to have been a gift from King George II, and a silver chalice, apparently given to Reverend Garzia by the Bishop of London in the same year the church was constructed.
Van Der Veer House
The Van Der Veer House in Bath was built in the late 18th Century but moved to its current location and renovated in the early 1970s. The house is named for Jacob Van Der Veer, who acquired the property in 1824. The house today features displays related to the history of Bath and the surrounding area.
The colonial style Palmer-March House is the oldest residence in Bath. The house has been fully restored and is worth a walk past while visiting Bath. Palmer-March House is located in the Historic Bath State Historical Site.