St. Thomas Episcopal Church (1734)
The Very "HEART" of NC's Inner Banks

About Bath, NC

Incorporated in 1705, Bath is North Carolina’s oldest town. After being settled in the 1690s by colonists from Virginia, Bath struggled through unsettled times associated with sickness, political unrest, Indian uprisings and even a bout with piracy. The short sail down the Pamlico River to the Atlantic Ocean that had attracted the initial settlers also proved to be an easy path for many others…….good and bad!

Bath was destined to become a town of “firsts.” In addition to being the first incorporated town in North Carolina, it became the first port-of-entry in the state. During this time, the by-products of the area, such as pitch, tar, rosin, turpentine, furs and tobacco were prime exports for the shipbuilding industry. Imported goods needed for everyday colonial life were as important to the settlers of the area.

In the early 1700s, the first public library was established along with a public school. Shortly after Bath was incorporated, the first grist mill and shipyard of the new colony were built. Bath continued to thrive, despite the above mentioned struggles. Eastern North Carolina was home to the well-established Tuscarora Indians. A somewhat tenuous relationship between the Indians and settlers degraded after the colony experienced an epidemic of Yellow Fever and a severe drought around 1710-1711. The Tuscarora War erupted and Bath became a safe haven for the duration of the conflict. Bath’s proximity to Ocracoke and the Atlantic Ocean also attracted Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, the notorious Pirate. Teach made his home in Bath for some time prior to being killed near Ocracoke in 1718.

In the 1720s, Bath’s struggle eased and the first courthouse was built in the colony. A decade later, the St. Thomas Episcopal Church (featured in the photos above) was built and became the first church in North Carolina. It has been restored and proudly stands today. The first ferry service was established across the Pamlico River with a connecting road to New Bern. The general assembly met in Bath several times in the 1740s and 1750s. Several Governors made their homes in Bath, which was considered the capital of the colony after 1746.

In 1776, a town was established a few miles up the Pamlico River which was named after General George Washington. Within the next decade, Bath saw both the power of county government and its importance as a trading center slowly move to Washington. Unlike many other eastern North Carolina towns, Bath was not occupied by Union Forces during the Civil War.

Bath continues to be a beautiful, small community today, which is framed by Bath Creek on its western side and Back Creek on its eastern side. It boasts one of the most sought after school districts in eastern North Carolina. Several historic structures have been lovingly restored, with some being listed as National Historic Landmarks. Rightfully so, the residents of Bath are fiercely proud of its heritage.

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A Few Recent Bath, NC Listings

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340 Jackson Swamp Rd, Bath

2013 custom modular home located on 9+/- acres in the Bath School District. 10ft ceilings, arched doorways, laminate wood floors, large deck. 30x60 detached garage/works...

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801 Ashton Dr, Bath

Large Waterfront Lot with Many Possibilities. Secluded and Open to the Water. Enjoy Water Sports, Fishing, and Boating.

  • MLS32408

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800 Island View Rd, Bath

4 Br septic installed-no restrictions-county gis shows a different owner for the boat basins on either side. In the process of deeding to seller. Then the property would ...

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208 Carteret St, Bath

This historic home offers lots of charm with new upgrades and in pristine condition. All stainless steel appliances in 2009, and new gas water heater in 2015. Vinyl sidi...

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92 Clarendon Ave, Bath

Finally a perfect bungalow in the charming neighborhood of Bayview. New windows, roof, flooring, HW floors, HVAC, system, updated bathroom, storm windows & completely rem...

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Main St N, Bath

Once in a lifetime opportunity, a waterfront lot in the Town of Bath ready for you to build your dream home. Beautiful views of Bath Creek from this gently sloping homesi...

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Glebe Creek Landing Rd, Bath

Cul-de-sac lot in quiet subdivision

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#6 Ashton Dr, Bath

Nice homesite on North Creek - Quiet and protected waters - Lead to Pamlico Sound and ICW.

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698 Southwinds, Bath

The lot has a great, building with electricity, the bulkhead is rip rap. Beautiful views. Ready for your dream house.

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1&2 Pinecrest East, Bath

Private, unrestricted 1.4 acre riverfront home site located on the Pamlico River. This property features 300 ft. of bulk headed unobstructed waterfront with awesome wide ...

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