Press Release: “Pirates in the Port”



There be “Pirates in the Port” at Historic Bath!
New event at Historic Bath Site to include re-enactments, demonstrations and lectures

BATH, NC – Saturday, July 12th from 10 AM – 4 PM

The pirate history of Bath, North Carolina is no secret. It has, in fact, been brought to the forefront of interpretation at Historic Bath Site through the arrival and display of the Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Traveling Exhibit through July 26th, 2014. In connection with the Traveling Exhibit, Historic Bath Site will be hosting visitors for a brand new event: “Pirates in the Port”!

On Saturday, July 12th, 2014 pirates will, once again, take over Bath. The Devilmen of Cape Feare, a living history group, will be re-enacting Bath’s part in Blackbeard’s life and sudden end at Ocracoke! The “British” will sail to Harding’s Landing State Dock off of Main Street at 10:00 AM to report on Blackbeard’s death. The prisoners will then be marched down to Bonner’s Point on the corner of Main and Front Streets to the pirate encampment where they will remain until 4:00 PM. During this re-enactment, visitors may expect to learn about the pirate history of Bath through live demonstrations, as well as through being able to roam the areas, watch, listen to and talk with the Devilmen of Cape Feare re-enactors.

There will be two lectures occurring at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Noe Building in the afternoon. The first lecture at 1:00 PM, titled “What’s Wrong with Black Beard? An Indictment of the Notorious Pirate’s History and New Surprising Facts”,will be presented by author, Kevin Duffas. Directly following at 2:00 PM, Dr. Charlie Ewen from East Carolina University will present, “X Marks the Spot: The Archaeology of Piracy”. The seating for these lectures is first come, first serve.

All “Pirates in the Port” activities are free to the public. These activities include the Devilmen of Cape Feare re-enactment and demonstrations, as well as the lectures held in the Noe Building.

Tours of the Palmer-Marsh and Bonner Houses will run as normal with tours alternating between the houses beginning at 9 AM and ending at 4 PM. Tours of each house are $2.00 per adult and $1.00 per youth (Grades K-12) and may be purchased at the Historic Bath Site Visitor Center located at 207 Carteret Street, Bath NC. The Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Traveling Exhibit will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM inside the Visitor Center, as will the Van Der Veer House exhibit building – both areas being free of charge.

For more information about “Pirates in the Port” 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, family 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:

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit






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