FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lecture and Behind-The-Scenes Tour Surround North Carolina’s Oldest Church
Lecturer to discuss the history of St. Thomas, North Carolina’s oldest standing church, and take participants on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Glebe House restoration project
BATH, NC – Saturday, September 6th, 2014 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Historic Bath is home to North Carolina’s oldest standing church. In the year 1734, St. Thomas Episcopal Church was built and has been a place of interest in Bath’s history ever since. On Saturday, September 6th Historic Bath Site will be hosting a lecture discussing the history of St. Thomas Church and the Williams “Glebe” House (circa 1830).
The lecturer, Ms. Josephine Hookway, is a member of the Historic Bath Commission, a long-time member of the St. Thomas congregation and a resident of Bath. Mrs. Hookway will also lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the Glebe House so that lecture participants may come to fully understand the history of the location while viewing the restoration project from the inside!
The lecture and tour are both free, though donations will be accepted for both the Historic Bath Site and the Glebe House Restoration Project. The lecture and tour will begin at the Historic Bath Site Visitor Center (207 Carteret Street) at 10:00am, and end at the Glebe House around 12:00pm. The buildings are within a 1 block walking distance. Participants may park at either the Visitor Center or St. Thomas Church parking lot.
Space is limited. It is suggested that you arrive early for this not-to-be-missed lecture and behind-the-scenes tour!
For more information about the St. Thomas Church and Glebe House lecture please call (252)-923-3971.
Historic Bath State Historic Site Media Contact
Jamie Mesrobian, Assistant Site Manager
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: www.bath.nchistoricsites.com
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 www.ncdcr.gov.