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Herbert Paschal talk on Bath history, 1960

One of the people active in the preservation of Bath history was Herbert R. Paschal. Paschal had been approached by the groups organizing the 250th anniversary celebrations about writing a history of Bath, which he wrote in a few months and which remained for many years the standard history of the town. Paschal became a professor of history at East Carolina College (now East Carolina University) in 1955 with a specialty in colonial North Carolina history. The following is an undated talk prepared, most likely, for presentation to a group coming to visit Bath either during the period of its restoration or soon after restoration had been completed.

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It is with real pleasure that I come to [crossed out: discuss one very] talk briefly [crossed out: with] to you this morning about one of my favorite subjects—the town of Bath. I assure you that I shall indeed be brief. If you share, [crossed out: with me,] even in part, the excitement which ancient streets and ancient buildings evoke in me, I am [crossed out: sure] certain that you must be eager to tour this town and visit some of its buildings. I [crossed out: am] imagine you wish to say to me as Sherlock Holmes was want to say to his devoted biographer—“Quick Watson, the game’s afoot.”

The town of Bath is truly an old settlement. [crossed out: Even] Long before the first settlers from the Albemarle began to filter southward and patent land along the Pamlico, Indians had established a town upon this site. Here was located the principle town of the Pamptico tribe. The Pamptico were members of the great Algonquian family

Location: Special Collections, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Call Number: Herbert Paschal Papers, #481.12.Bath Talk
Collection: Herbert Paschal Papers

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