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Palmer-Marsh House
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Palmer-Marsh House, Main Street, Bath (Beaufort County, North Carolina).jpg
Palmer-Marsh House in 1962
Location Main St., S of NC 92, Bath, North Carolina
Area 1.6 acres (0.65 ha)
Built 1744
Architectural style Colonial
Part of Bath Historic District (ID70000437)
NRHP reference No. 70000439
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Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 26, 1970
Designated NHL April 15, 1970
Designated CP February 26, 1970

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. It is now a North Carolina state historic site, and is open for tours.

Description and history

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+12-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.

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.

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