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Bath Tricentennial - Bath Before 1905

Bath has long been a small, rural town. While it began with promise as North Carolina’s first incorporated town, it never became the major port its founders hoped it would be. Still, during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, many wonderful structures were built that still remain, including St. Thomas Church, the Palmer-Marsh House, and the Bonner House. However, by the early nineteenth century, Bath had been surpassed by the town of Washington, further up the Pamlico River. Bath became one of Beaufort County’s many farming crossroads. However, it’s place in early North Carolina history, including its historic structures and graveyards, made the town a place people continued to visit.

Date Title
1840 January 18 Survey of Bath Creek
1892 October 10 Diary entry about Bath visit
1902 March 24 Journal entry about labors in the missionary field

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