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.

By Warren Moore, CRS, GRI

A Few Recent Bath, NC Listings

8 Pinecrest Rd, Bath NC 27808

$129,900

8 Pinecrest Rd, Bath

This property also comes with a separate lot across the street with pin #6691-05-9525 to convey at the total acreage above (.52)...This was an extra lot to use for septic...

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  • MLS 30988

139 Robert Cox Rd, Bath NC 27808

$249,000

139 Robert Cox Rd, Bath

Move in Ready! Nice for weekend/second home or plenty of room for permanent home too. New vinyl tilt in windows, metal roof in 2010. New deck with ramp, new floors/carpet...

  • Beds 3
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  • MLS 30979

1120 Post Rd, Bath NC 27808

$124,900

1120 Post Rd, Bath

1997 brick underpinned Redman home on 3 acres. New roof 201, doors & windows 2012. Cedar corner cabinet with gas logs. 2 acre pasture with white vinyl fencing. 2 stal...

  • Beds 3
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  • MLS 30978

Lot 10 Sabre Pointe Drive, Bath NC 27808

$119,900

Lot 10 Sabre Pointe Drive, Bath

Waterfront home site with your own private nature walk to the water located in the prestigious Sabre Pointe on Bath Creek. Lot 10 offers 1.51 acres, 89 FT waterfront on B...

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  • MLS 114837

10 Sabre Pointe Dr, Bath NC 27808

$119,900

10 Sabre Pointe Dr, Bath

Bath Creek Waterfront 1.51 Acre lot with wooded access to 87' waterfront on Bath Creek. This home site offers a high elevation to build your dream home, 87' of waterfront...

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  • MLS 30916

Lot 2 Ashton Dr, Bath NC 27808

$139,000

Lot 2 Ashton Dr, Bath

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  • MLS 30900

150 East Point Road, Bath NC 27808

$294,800

150 East Point Road, Bath

HURRY! See this 3BR 3BA waterfront ranch nestled on a partially wooded 2+ AC high elevation lot. It features large rooms & split floor plan. Decks, dock/pier & views of t...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 114704

150 East Point Rd, Bath NC 27808

$294,800

150 East Point Rd, Bath

HURRY! See this 3BR 3BA waterfront ranch nestled on a partially wooded 2+ AC high elevation lot. It features large rooms & split floor plan. Decks, dock/pier & views of t...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0
  • MLS 30880

318 Pine Tree Path, Bath NC 27808

$195,000

318 Pine Tree Path, Bath

Relax on your deck, watch the Ferry go past. 1.03 acres, deeded waterfront, deed water access. Spectacular views of the Pamlico River. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, new kitchen ca...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 2.0
  • MLS 30829

318 Pine Tree Path, Bath NC 27808

$195,000

318 Pine Tree Path, Bath

Relax on your deck, watch the Ferry go past. 1.03 acres, deeded waterfront, deed water access. Spectacular views of the Pamlico River. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, new kitchen ca...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 2.0
  • MLS 114494

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