Press Release: Historic Bath Site to Host a “New” Christmas Open House


Historic Bath Site to Host a “New” Christmas Open House
Annual Program will offer pictures with Santa Clause, free entry to decorated historic homes, crafts and decorating gingerbread men, cooking demonstrations, musical performances, and more!

BATH, NC – Saturday, December 13th, 2014 with activities occurring
from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


For many years, Historic Bath State Historic Site has been hosting the annual Christmas Open House program. Though many of the favorite activities, such as the decorated historic homes, the AdHoc Players and apple pressing demonstrations, will remain – there are new features to the program.  These new activities include pictures with Santa Clause, crafts and decorating gingerbread men, Bath Elementary School holding an art show and choir performance, and cooking demonstrations! This is a FREE program with everything available to adults and children of all ages, except for pictures with Santa which cost $15.00.

On Saturday, December 13th, Historic Bath Site will come alive with the spirit of the holidays beginning at 9:00 AM with the Grand Opening of the Bath Elementary Children’s Christmas Art Show being held at the Bath High School Preservation Gallery. At 11:00 AM in the Orientation Theatre of the Visitor Center there will be a program to recognize the 25th anniversary of the fire that occurred at the Palmer-Marsh house. A panel of former employees will be leading the conversation, with the audience being able to participate in the discussion. There will also be paper chain and pomander take-home decoration crafts located at the Visitor Center throughout the day!

The afternoon promises to be a time of good cheer with family and friends! Enjoy the sound of the harpsichord, other period instruments and singing by the AdHoc Players floating through the Palmer-Marsh House as you take yourself through to see beautiful Colonial Revival decorations beginning at 12:00 PM. On your way to the water’s edge, step into the newly refurbished and renovated 19th century Williams “Glebe” House located at St. Thomas Episcopal Church before moving on down towards the Bonner House to enjoy the 19th century Christmas traditions! Walk through the decorated Bonner House and enjoy the sounds of the Bath Elementary 7th and 8th Grade Chorus at 12:00 PM. The smell of Christmas will be wafting over the yard from the kitchen where gingerbread and cornbread is baking, and a 19th century style dinner is cooking. Sip some cider and decorate a gingerbread man while supplies last, and take a look at the apple pressing demonstrations, as well!

We will have a special guest at Christmas Open House this year: Santa Clause! Come and get your pictures taken with Santa for $15.00 at the Van Der Veer House from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. The cost includes time with Santa, a 4×6 photo in a sleeve and an email digitized copy for you to do with as you wish!

A detailed schedule of events is outlined below. There will be maps for visitors at the Historic Bath Site Visitor Center located at 207 Carteret Street, and at other locations of interest.

Visitor Center –
9:00am – 11:00am: Paper Chain Decoration Take-Away Craft
11:00am – 12:00pm: Recollecting the Palmer-Marsh House Fire –
A Panel of Remembrance
12:00pm – 3:00pm: Pomander Decoration Take-Away Craft 

Bath High School Preservation Gallery –
9:00am – 4:00pm: Children’s Christmas Art Show

Van Der Veer House –
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Pictures with Santa Clause! (*$15.00 fee!)

St. Thomas Episcopal Church Area –
12:00pm – 4:00pm – “Glebe” House Self-Guided Decoration Tours

Bonner House Area –
12:00pm: Bath Elementary 7th and 8th Grade Chorus performs
in the front yard
12:00pm – 4:00pm: Baking and Cooking Demonstration in the
Bonner House Kitchen
12:00pm – 4:00pm: Bonner House Self-Guided Decoration Tours
12:00pm – 4:00pm: Cider is served and decorate your own gingerbread man while supplies last
12:30pm; 1:30pm; 2:30pm; 3:30pm: Apple Pressing Demonstrations

Palmer-Marsh House –
12:00pm – 4:00pm: Palmer-Marsh House Self-Guided Decoration Tours
12:00pm – 4:00pm: AdHoc Players performing the sounds of the holidays!

The Gift Shop will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM within the Visitor Center so that you may shop around for those last minute Christmas gifts or tree decorations! Historic Home guided tours will not be offered on this day, but the Historic Homes will be open free of charge as part of the program from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. When parking around town, please be mindful of the residents driveways and boat ramps. Parking is available at the Visitor Center (Carteret Street) and at the Bonner House (Front Street).

For more information about Christmas Open House or any of the activities taking place during the event, please call (252)-923-3971 or email

Historic Bath State Historic Site Media Contact
Jamie Mesrobian, Assistant Site Manager
Phone: (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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