Join us for our January Genealogy Program

Recording Family History: the Search to the Scrapbook

(This workshop is intended for people just starting their genealogy research and documentation.)

What: A workshop to learn how to use resources to find your ancestors, followed by discussion on creating a scrapbook to safely keep family images and information. Bring photographs to begin assembly if desired – a scrapbooking kit is included in workshop cost.

When:  Thursday, January 14th at 10 a.m. Workshop will last approximately 1 hour; you are welcome to stay and research our site library materials.

Where:  Historic Bath Visitor Center

Cost:  $10.00

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Flossie’s Fridays: Week 51

Flossie is ready to start making desserts for Thanksgiving………pecan pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate cake and more!  What do all of these foods need to taste good?  You’ve got it……SUGAR!

Flossie has introduced you to sugar cones before, but it was a long time ago, so she wanted to share information about them again in case you don’t recall.

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In Bath, NC in the 1700s, sugar was very valuable and only wealthy families like the Palmers would have been able to afford the Caribbean-imported sugar cane harvested by enslaved people on large plantations.  Most people here would have sweetened their food with honey that was locally harvested.

The way the sugar was processed led to pouring it into cone shapes or into loaves after it had been boiled and filtered several times.  After the sugar was poured, it was taken out of its cone or loaf and allowed to dry.  Much of the sugar was wrapped and sealed in blue paper.

The sugar was packed hard into the cone, so nippers were used to break off larger pieces; smaller amounts could be scraped off the side with a knife.  If we have sugar sitting out for our guests today, it is usually in a small sugar bowl.  In Colonial times, the family might set the whole sugar cone on a special plate at the dining table.  Do you think they possibly did this to show off their wealth a little?

Flossie thinks it surely is easier the way we have it today…..sugar is already loose and in bags….all we have to do is pour it out!  Of course, a 5 pound bag is too heavy for her, so she flies out of the bag with a thimble full at the time!

All of us at Historic Bath hope that you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends………..Flossie says, “Be sure to eat something sweet!”

Flossie’s Fridays: Week 48

Flossie wants to show you a monument that has been seen on the streets of Bath since 1924.  It was a big job and a long time in the making!  The North Carolina Historical Commission and the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners presented the Bath Historical Society with a bronze plaque commemorating the founding and incorporation of Bath.  It seems the original intent was to mount the plaque at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, but for some reason, that installation never happened.

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Several years went by and Flossie doesn’t know where the plaque stayed in the meantime.  The town needed a monument on which to display the plaque!   Mr. and Mrs. Timothy A. Brooks and Miss Lida T. Rodman traveled to the Neverson Quarry near Raleigh to select stones.  They were very heavy stones – two were chosen – the base weighed 16,000 pounds!  The top stone weighed 12,000 pounds.  After the stones were shipped by train to Bunyan (about 10 miles west of Bath) it became a real challenge to get them the rest of the way to town.  The bumpy road that the truck and trailer had to ride caused both stones to bounce out of the trailer!  Surry Bowen of Pinetown sent equipment to help reload the boulders.  Once they arrived at the Bath bridge, there was some worry that the wooden bridge couldn’t withstand the weight of the stones.  Mr. Brooks used heavy wooden beams from his lumber mill to brace the bridge.

Whew!  The monument was finally erected and was placed in the center of Carteret Street/Main Street intersection.  An unveiling celebration was held on June 19, 1924.  About 4,000 people attended the ceremony.  Men barbequed 32 pigs all night to get ready.  School children raised money to help with other food costs; they raised $150 but only $50 was needed for the lunch, so extra money was donated to the Bath Elementary School library for books.  The two girls who tied in raising the most money were able to unveil the marker.  The picture below shows the brand new marker with Mary Arcadia Tankard on the left and Helen Waters on the right. Their mothers or someone else made Colonial style costumes for them to wear for the occasion.

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In 1960, the marker was moved back from its original location; it was pushed back onto North Main Street’s entrance due to the new bridge and widening of the road to allow for the paving of Highway 92 through Bath.  Flossie wants to thank Dr. Alan Watson for capturing this and much more information in his book Bath: The First Town in North Carolina, with a chapter of Bath’s 20th century history contributed by Bea Latham and Patricia Samford.

Flossie’s Fridays: Week 34

Recently, Flossie wanted to pose with these two precious girls who came to visit Historic Bath – they took the guided house tours and made rope for some extra fun!  Here is a picture showing the girls and Floss posing with the rope-making machine and holding a BIG rope……much too large to have been made on the machine that the historic site owns.

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Since Bath was the first official seaport town for this colony, many ships would have needed to replenish their supply when they came to port. There was probably a building in town called a ropewalk in Bath’s earliest days and we know that Jacob Van Der Veer operated a ropewalk in the 1800s. Can you think of jobs on a ship that would require using rope?  How about ways that rope might have been used in everyday life in a colonial village?  Might children have found ways to make games using rope?

Flossie invites you to share your answers by tagging @HistBathSiteNC using #HowRopesWereUsed or on Facebook (again tagging us as @Historic Bath Site and using #HowRopesWereUsed).

Interesting articles about ropemaking can be found at http://www.davidwebbfowler.com/2012/01/sons-of-liberty-occupation-rope-maker.html

http://www.angelfire.com/journal/millbuilder/rope.html

Christmas Open House: Schedule of Events

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This SATURDAY, December 13th from 9am – 4pm, bring your family and friends to Historic Bath Site for a day of hands-on decoration crafts, apple pressing and cooking demonstrations, period music, decorated historic homes, a visit with Santa Clause, decorating gingerbread men, a Children’s Christmas Art Show, and so much more! Below is the full schedule of events, including times and locations. At the Visitor Center (207 Carteret Street), and in other prominent locations, there will also be maps and schedules for you to utilize on your journey through the centuries!

Schedule of Events

Visitor Center Area
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 Area
9:00am – 4:00pm: Children’s Christmas Art Show

Van Der Veer House
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Pictures with Santa Clause!
(Casey Cox, photographer. $15.00 – includes time with Santa, 4×6 photo with sleeve and email digitized copy!)

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
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!

Special Thanks Goes Out To:
The Historic Bath Garden Club
Bath High School Preservation
Casey Cox
Bath Elementary Art Students
Bath Elementary 7th and 8th Grade Chorus
Historic Bath Site Volunteers

Flossie’s Fridays: Week 9

When a visitor comes to Historic Bath’s Visitor Center, they are greeted by our Beaufort County crab, given to the site by Jack and Noonie Crabtree. If you visit the downtown area of nearby Washington to the west of Bath or the town of Belhaven to the east, you can pose with lots of crabs and they are all decorated differently! Today, Flossie is saying “Give me the money!” as she poses on top of the doubloons held in the crab’s claws! Since our town is in the coastal plain and is situated on a peninsula, artist Delores Morgan decided to paint all sorts of water-themed things on our crab. When you visit us, you can ask for an identification key to help you find all the items shown, including seagulls, jellyfish and even porpoises! Since Bath and Back Creeks have brackish water, people here sometimes get to see porpoises come close to town!
Have you had your picture taken with our crab? If so, we would love for you to post your photo on our Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Historic-Bath-Site/196020507171491
By the way, Flossie wanted me to tell you to look up all the words in bold type above!DSC02973

A Little Reminder….

….that Historic Bath Site will be featured on WNCT (9 On Your Side) this evening beginning at 5pm! Jeff Varner came and visited Bath on Tuesday for a couple of hours and toured through our 2 historic homes, their kitchens, St. Thomas Episcopal Church and wandered the streets of Bath. We can’t wait to see how the segment appears on tv tonight, and we’re so thankful to Jeff and WNCT for thinking of us! Keep an eye out this evening!