Bath in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
James Adams Floating Theatre
1913-1941. Edna Ferber's
1925 visit to ship, then
docked nearby, was basis
for her novel Show Boat.
Erected 1989 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number B-56.)
Location. 35° 28.613′ N, 76° 48.842′ W. Marker is in Bath, North Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on South Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bath NC 27808, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Palmer - Marsh House (a few steps from this marker); First Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Matthew Rowan (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Bath (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Post Road (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Colonial Bath (about 600 feet away); Historic Bath (about 600 feet away); Alexander Stewart (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bath.
Regarding James Adams Floating Theatre. † A bit of twentieth-century American cultural history had its origins in Bath, North Carolinaís oldest town. The scene
†††Novelist Edna Ferber in 1924 won the Pulitzer Prize for her book So Big and hit upon the idea of using a showboat as the setting for her next work. Researching the subject, she learned of the James Adams and “dashed down to Carolina.” Arriving in Washington, she hired a driver to take her to the landing where the showboat rested. She got there just as they were putting up for the winter but determined to return the next spring. That she did, finding quarters for her four-day stay in Bath, which she
††† Edna Ferber was much more taken with the James Adams Floating Theatre than the town of Bath. She worked, played, rehearsed, and ate with the twenty-five-member company. “Those four days comprised the only show-boat experience I ever had,” she later wrote. Her novel, Show Boat, was published by Doubleday in 1926 and became an instant bestseller. In time it was adapted into a landmark musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Three motion picture versions have been made, in 1929, 1936, and 1951. (North Carolina Office of Archives & History — Department of Cultural Resources)
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