Official Press Release
Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Traveling Exhibit comes to Historic Bath Site
Traveling Exhibit arrives with Grand Opening celebration on Friday, June 13th
BATH, NC – Friday, June 13th – Saturday, July 26th
Come and celebrate the arrival of the Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit to Historic Bath State Historic Site on Friday, June 13th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Visitor Center! The traveling exhibit will remain at Historic Bath Site until Saturday, July 26th.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge was renowned, in the early eighteenth century, as being Blackbeard’s flagship which he captured from the French. The ship ran aground at Topsail Inlet, now commonly known as Beaufort Inlet, and has been having her treasures unearthed in recent years and conserved at a lab in Greenville, NC. Over the past year artifacts on loan for the traveling exhibit from the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort have been making their way around North Carolina to different historic sites, on view for all to see, learn about and enjoy!
On Friday, June 13th the history of Blackbeard and his crew will be welcomed back to Bath at a Grand Opening celebration. The festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Historic Bath Site Visitor Center (207 Carteret Street, Bath, NC 27808) and will include speeches and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Light snacks and beverages will be served, and visitors will be able to enter the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit free of charge. The exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until Saturday, July 26th.
Also on Friday, June 13th and Saturday, June 14th the 1915 skipjack ADA MAE, the only surviving working sea vessel made in North Carolina, will be conducting their onboard classroom! The trips leave will leave from the State Dock off of Main Street in Bath, NC at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Ticket costs are $20 per adult and $10 per student age 12 and under, and may be purchased at the Crew Tent near the State Dock.
Events will be taking place surrounding the traveling exhibit at Historic Bath Site throughout the months of June and July. Every Thursday Historic Bath Site will host its “Pirate Past Times Day Camp” open to children ages 4-15. Please call for information on dates, times and to pre-register. There will also be a re-enactment event taking place on Saturday, July 12th called “Pirates in the Port” that will include the Devilmen of Cape Feare completing live demonstrations and lectures by Dr. Charlie Ewen of East Carolina University and author Kevin Duffus.
For more information about the Queen Anne’s Revenge Traveling Exhibit and any events surrounding the exhibit, please call (252)-923-3971.
About Historic Bath State Historic Site
Historic Bath State Historic Site is one of the sites within the Department of Cultural Resources’ Division of State Historic Sites & Properties that people can visit to learn of our state’s interesting and varied history. Historic Bath is also a member of the Historic Albemarle Tour. Bath is a town of firsts! The town became North Carolina’s first town; it was incorporated in 1705. Christopher Gale, the first chief justice of the colony, resided here. Bath became the first official port of entry for the colony, the location of the first public library in North Carolina and the first shipyard was established here. Visiting Bath today, it is easy to see how this protected little harbor appealed to early settlers, and, of course, Blackbeard.
To begin your experience, come by the Visitor Center to purchase tickets to take a guided tour through our two historic homes, the Palmer-Marsh House (1751) and the Joseph Bonner House (1830). Watch the 15 minute orientation video and visit our museum store. The Van Der Veer House hosts exhibits, and there are gardens, graveyards belonging to our historic homes and Bonner’s Point to explore.
Tickets and information are available at the Visitor Center: 207 Carteret Street Bath, NC 27808, Tuesday-Saturday 9a.m.-5p,m (final house tour begins at 4p.m.). For more information about directions, tickets, special events and programs, group tours, weddings and parties, and more please contact: (252)-923-3971 or visit: www.bath.nchistoricsites.com
About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources brings visitors into 27 historic sites, seven history museums, and two art museums, as well as the Symphony Orchestra, State Library, N.C. Arts Council, and State Archives.To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.