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Bath Tricentennial - Bath's 250th Anniversary

As the 1955 250th anniversary of Bath’s founding came, the town of Bath realized that it hadn’t made any plans to commemorate the event. In May of that year, the people of Bath decided they needed to plan some sort of celebration. The mayor of Bath, B. A. Brooks, called on Edmund H. Harding of Washington, North Carolina, to chair a committee to plan for a pageant. Harding made ambitious plans which were helped along when in July the North Carolina General Assembly agreed to form a state Bath Commission to help plan the event as well as provided some $2500 of the $4000 Harding estimated the celebrations would cost. (The final cost actually ended up being $17,039.) In early October, having called on many prominent citizens in the state as well as locals from throughout Beaufort County, the pageant, Queen Anne’s Bell, and attendant events were a success. Along with the locals, people such as Governor Luther Hodges, Secretary of State William Blount Rodman, and best-selling historical novelist Inglis Fletcher played roles in the pageant.

Date Title
1955 July 06 Governor Luther Hodges to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 July 06 Governor Luther Hodges to William Blount Rodman
1955 July 08 William Blount Rodman to Governor Luther Hodges
1955 July 12 Edmund Harding to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 July 22 Edmund Harding to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 July 27 Paul. A Johnston to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 September 07 William Blount Rodman to W. B. Midgett
1955 September 09 Edmund Harding to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 September 13 William Blount Rodman to Edmund Harding
1955 September 14 To Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 September 24 M. David Samples to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 September 26 Mrs. Inglis Fletcher to David Samples
1955 September 28 M. David Samples to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 October 04 M. David Samples to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 October 05 Junius D. Grimes to William Blount Rodman
1955 October 07 Mrs. Inglis Fletcher to Ruth Coltrane Cannon
1955 October 10 M. David Samples to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 October 11 William Blount Rodman to Edmund Harding
1955 October 13 Mayor Aubrey Lee Brooks to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1955 October 13 Edmund Harding to William Blount Rodman
1955 October 17 Mayor Aubery Lee Brooks to William Blount Rodman
1955 October 28 Edmund Harding to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher


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