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Bath in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Port Of Bath

Port Of Bath Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
1. Port Of Bath Marker
Inscription.  Colony's first town, incorporated March 8, 1705. Home to first port of entry, 1716; exported naval stores.
Erected 2004 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number B-62.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 8, 1758.
Location. 35° 28.618′ N, 76° 49.398′ W. Marker is in Bath, North Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on State Highway 92 / 99 just west of Brookshire, on the right when traveling east. located west of the Pamlico River bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bath NC 27808, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Port of Bath and Thomas Harding (approx. half a mile away); James Adams Floating Theatre (approx. half a mile away); Matthew Rowan (approx. half a mile away); Colonial Bath (approx. half a mile away); Palmer-Marsh House
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(approx. half a mile away); First Public Library (approx. half a mile away); First Post Road (approx. half a mile away); John F. Tompkins (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bath.
Regarding Port Of Bath. Bath, incorporated in 1705, is North Carolina’s oldest town. In the eighteenth century, Bath was a thriving town of vital importance to the fledgling colony. It became the colony’s first port in 1716 when it was deemed “the most proper place within the said Province for ships to take in masts, pitch, Tar, Turpentine, and other Naval Stores for the use of his Majesty’s Fleet.” Port Bath remained an important center of export throughout the proprietary period, but was later overshadowed by three of the colony’s four other ports, all of which were geographically more suitable. The major decline in Port Bath’s exports came after 1730 when the Neuse River became a part of the Port Beaufort system.
   Among the earliest residents of Bath were John Lawson, Christopher Gale, Maurice Luellyn, Capt. James Beard, and Nathaniel Wyarsdale. The first town lots, recorded and acknowledged in court on October 1, 1706, were those belonging to Christopher
Port Of Bath Marker along North Carolina Route 92 / 99, here looking west image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, April 19, 2013
2. Port Of Bath Marker along North Carolina Route 92 / 99, here looking west
Gale, the first Chief Justice of the colony. The following year Bath added a gristmill and the colony’s first shipyard. Other North Carolina firsts in Bath include the public library, St. Thomas Church, and the post road. The General Assembly met in Bath in 1743, 1744, and 1752. In 1746 the town was considered for capital of the colony. Bath was home to colonial governors Robert Daniel, Thomas Cary, Charles Eden, and Matthew Rowan. When the Beaufort County seat was moved to Washington, twelve miles away, Bath lost much of its trade and status, becoming the quiet, rural town that it is today. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 612 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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Apr. 19, 2024