If you like to find new, interesting, out-of-the-way places, we found one last weekend. We went with Cyndi and Bill to a little town in North Carolina called Bath. So, if you consider I went to Bath, England in 1994 and now to Bath, NC, I’ve had two baths in the last twenty-seven years! Not bad. 😊
Bath is a tiny town in Beaufort County incorporated in 1705. The town is less than a square mile in size. Six-tenths of that area is water, leaving only about three-tenths of a square mile for the town. The population in 2010 was 249. Not a lot of people, to say the least!
So what sets Bath apart from many other small towns? Just this:
Bath is the oldest town in North Carolina
Bath was North Carolina’s first port of entry
Bath has the oldest church building in North Carolina, St. Thomas Episcopal
Bath has North Carolina’s first library
Bath, in colonial days, was the capital of North Carolina
one of the oldest surviving homes in the state, the Palmer-Marsh house, built
And finally, Blackbeard the Pirate, a/k/a Edward Teach, lived in Bath for a time.
Now that’s a LOT of history for one tiny town! We wanted to get out and walk the sidewalks and have a chance to read the many historic signs posted; however, there were no sidewalks so we drove slowly down the three streets and took what pictures we could.
After leaving Bath, we stopped at various country stores on the way home. I purchased home-made raspberry jam at one store, a pumpkin at another, and odds and ends at yet another.
So if you live in this area and want a nice ride, go for a Bath!
Quote of the day: It is a blessing for a man to have a hand in determining his own fate. Blackbeard