Palmer-Marsh House

The Palmer-Marsh House is a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark on Main Street south of Carteret Street in Bath, North Carolina. Built in 1744, it is one of the oldest residences in North Carolina, and is a well-preserved example of a large colonial town house with a commercial space built in. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.[2][3] It is now a North Carolina state historic site, and is open for tours.

Palmer-Marsh House
Palmer-Marsh House, Main Street, Bath (Beaufort County, North Carolina).jpg
Palmer-Marsh House in 1962
Palmer-Marsh House is located in North Carolina
Palmer-Marsh House
Palmer-Marsh House is located in the United States
Palmer-Marsh House
LocationMain St., S of NC 92, Bath, North Carolina
Coordinates35°28′35.95″N 76°48′51″W / 35.4766528°N 76.81417°W / 35.4766528; -76.81417Coordinates: 35°28′35.95″N 76°48′51″W / 35.4766528°N 76.81417°W / 35.4766528; -76.81417
Area1.6 acres (0.65 ha)
Architectural styleColonial
Part ofBath Historic District (#70000437)
NRHP reference #70000439
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 26, 1970[1]
Designated NHLApril 15, 1970[2]
Designated CPFebruary 26, 1970

Description and historyEdit

The Palmer-Marsh House is located in the center of Bath, on the east side of South Main Street just south of its junction with Carteret Street (North Carolina Highway 92). It is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, with a gabled roof, clapboard siding, and a brick-faced foundation. It is oriented facing south, with a seven-bay facade that has a center entrance with minimal trim. The other facades have secondary entrances at their centers. The secondary entrance on the street-facing west side opens into a large chamber that extends the full depth of the house, with a parlor and study continuing across the front. The interior retains some original features, including wide pine floors and exposed timber framing.[3]

The house was built in 1744 by Michael Coutanch, who used the large western room as a shop. In later years this space is also said to have played host to the colonial legislature when it met in Bath. In the 1760s it was purchased by Robert Palmer, who served as the royal collector of the port, and was on the governor's council. In 1802 the house was purchased by brothers Jonathan and Daniel Gould Marsh, whose family owned it until 1915. It underwent restoration by Historic Bath in 1960-62, and was given to the state in 1963; it has served as a museum property ever since.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Palmer-Marsh House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  3. ^ a b c Polly M. Rettig and Charles W. Snell (March 12, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Palmer-Marsh House" (pdf). National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying 7 photos, exterior and interior, from 1964, 1975 and undated (32 KB)

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