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Bath Tricentennial - Bath 1955 and After

The 250th anniversary celebrations provided the momentum needed to push forward with the restoration of Bath’s historic properties. The Beaufort County Historical Society, under the leadership of Edmund H. Harding, who had been the main organizer of events for the 250th celebrations, raised enough money to buy the Palmer-Marsh house in 1958 and, in 1960, the Bonner house. The group not only restored the houses, but worked with various people, such as the historical novelist Inglis Fletcher, to furnish the houses with period pieces. Both houses were opened to the public in 1962. Bath’s interest in and use of its historic and legendary past continued in 1977 when the outdoor drama Blackbeard: Knight of the Black Flag opened, running until 1986. As Bath celebrates its 300th year, Blackbeard: Knight of the Black Flag is scheduled to be produced again during the summer of 2005.

Date Title
1958 August 12 Report by John H. Bonner on the Palmer-Marsh House
1958 August 13 John H. Bonner to Edmund Harding
1958 August 15 John H. Bonner to Edmund Harding
1960 Herbert Paschal talk on Bath history
1960 July 30 Edmund Harding to Bath Commission
1961 January 31 Edmund Harding to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1961 Februrary 01 Edmund Harding to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1961 Februrary 10 Rachel Tankard to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1963 July 14 Mrs. Donald Carrow to Mrs. Inglis Fletcher
1980 ca. Blackbeard: Knight of the Black Flag program


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