Bath exhibit offers look at North Carolina

Published 6:44 pm Friday, November 16, 2018

BATH — Visitors to the Historic Bath Site Exhibit Center may now tour North Carolina without ever leaving Beaufort County.

The exhibit, Trekking Across North Carolina, offers a unique look at state history, parks and flora and fauna, according to site manager Christ Umfleet.

“This is actually a three-in-one exhibit,” Umfleet said. “The first part is about the history of bicycles and the important role they played for innovation, women’s advances and exercise. It’s on loan from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.”

The oldest of the 12 bikes included in the exhibit dates to 1881. Also featured are bone shakers, tandem bikes, a World War II infantry bike and modern examples.

Another component, dubbed The Rich and the Rare, showcases extinct and endangered flora and fauna in the state, Umfleet said.

“All regions of North Carolina are represented in this traveling exhibit based in Raleigh,” he noted.

The extinct Carolina parakeet and endangered species of woodpecker are included in the exhibit, sponsored by the Education and Outreach Department of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Rounding out the exhibit is a look at North Carolina’s state parks.

“It highlights various state parks, and with that comes a stationary mountain bike experience and a canoe with dock for photo ops,” Umfleet said.

The exhibit is open to the public at no charge Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will close Nov. 24.

Once the current exhibit is cleared away, Historic Bath will host a festive holiday event, Umfleet said.

“We are going to open the entire exhibit hall to local nonprofit groups, schools, churches, law enforcement, first responders, civic groups and scout troops,” he said. “They can bring in Christmas trees and decorations and get creative.”

Everything has to be artificial, including the trees and garlands. Groups may begin decorating Nov. 26 and must be finished no later than noon on Dec. 1.

For more information, contact the Historic Bath Site at 252-923-3971.