|Edward Teach, better known as "Blackbeard the Pirate" once made the area near Bath his home
Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard-the most notorious pirate of them all-once made the area near Bath his home.
The famous rogue lived on Plum Point(often referred to as "Teach's Point"). From a vantage point in front of the Bonner house, looking south across the bay, the stretch of land visible on the left is Plum Point. The foundation ruins of an ancient house on Plum Point have been rumored over the years to be the remains of Blackbeards home. And fortune seekers have dug many a hole in the area in search of Blackbeards buried treasure.
Across the bay to the right, the point of land visible is Archbell Point. It was near this location that colonial governor Charles Eden lived during his time in Bath. Eden, who hailed from ancient and prominent English family, became governor of the colony in May 1714. The governor occupied a 400-acre plantation on the west side of Bath Creek.
Blackbeard arrived in Bath sometime in June 1718, and immediately received from Governor Eden the "gracious pardon" of the Royal Proclamation. And legend says that a subterranean passage was cut from the cellar of Eden's mansion to the steep bank of the creek, so that Blackbeard could enter and depart without being seen. The implication, of course, is that Eden was taken his own share of the pirate's loot. Such a tunnel probably never existed, but there was a path of ballast rocks that led from Eden's place to a pier on the creek nearby.
Searching the plantations along the Pamlico, Blackbeard chose the teenage daughter of a Bath County planter as his fourteenth bride. Governor Eden performed the wedding ceremony, and this incident has been suggested as proof that the pirate and the governor were friends allied in the commission of piratical acts. In all probability, however, Eden was the only official in the area who could legally perform such ceremonies.
In November 1718, Blackbeard's reign as the king of all pirates came to an end. Teach was slain in battle at Ocracoke Inlet by a contingent of the Royal Navy under command of Lt. Robert Maynard.
ADAPTED FROM: Lee,Robert E. Blackbeard the Pirate: A Reappraisal of His Life and Times. Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, 1974
Congratulations to Capt. Bennie Ambrose for being awarded Bath Fire Dept. Fireman of the Year.
We would like to take this time, and say congratulations for a well-deserved award. Below is a picture of Bennie (standing). Way to go Bennie we are very proud of you.
Bath Fire Department takes delivery of a new tanker
Bath Fire Dept has purchased a new 2004 Kenworth/Deep South tanker. The truck consist of a 1850 gallon SST semi-eliptical tank, 10" rear Newton quick dump with 90 degree extension, 400 GPM PTO pump, Federal Signal strobe light package, side and rear scene lights, reverse activated scene lights, ground lights, back-up camera, and much more. We will have photos of the new truck as soon as they are available.
Bath, NC is the oldest town in the state of NC
European settlement near the pamlico River in the 1690's led to the creation of Bath, North Carolina's first town, in 1705. The towns location seamed ideal with easy access to the river and the Atlantic Ocean 50 miles away--at Ocracoke Inlet.
By 1708, Bath consisted of twelve houses and about 50 people Trade in naval stores, furs, and tobacco was important, and Bath became the first port of entry into North Carolina. In 1707 a grist mill and the colony's first shipyard were established in the town.
The General Assembly met in Bath in 1743, 1744,1752 and again in 2006. In 1746 the town was considered for capitol of the colony. Governors Robert Daniel, Thomas Cary, Charles Eden, and Matthew Rowan made Bath their home for a time, as did Edward Moseley, long time speaker of the assembly.
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