Welcome to the Historic Town of Bath, N.C.

Located 50 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and just off the Pamlico Sound sits the oldest town in North Carolina, Bath

Bath is a town in Beaufort CountyNorth Carolina, United States. Located on the Pamlico, it developed a trade in naval stores, furs, and tobacco. The population was 249 as of 2010. North Carolina’s first town and port of entry, it was chartered on March 8, 1705.

Historic Bath Welcome Sign

Historically, Bath is often counted as North Carolina’s first capital, as it was nominally so designated in 1712, when the Province of North Carolina was separated from the Province of Carolina and granted its own governor, though no permanent government institutions were located there. The capital was officially moved to Edenton in 1722, though the meetings of the General Assembly would still periodically occur in Bath through the eighteenth century. Bath was the site of Cary’s Rebellion in 1711, and later served as one of many bases for notorious pirate Blackbeard. Bath waned in population, as its importance as both a port and government center were surpassed by the nearby city of New Bern; its population fluctuated through the 20th and 21st century, but it has never exceeded 400 residents.

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Visit Historic Bath Video Courtesy of N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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