Thursday Doors

Let’s spend this Thursday in the small town of Bath, New Hampshire, named after William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, an English Whig politician.

It was incorporated in 1761 when equal shares of land was set aside for 68 families plus a church and a school. In the past, Bath was home to a copper mine, grist and saw mills, railway, woolen mill, creamery, starch factories, and a distillery.

Today, Bath covers 38 square miles, has a population of around 1,000 permanent residents, and provides a bedroom community for nearby Littleton which is sixteen miles away.

Bath is also home to the oldest continuously operated general store in the United States. The Brick Store is known as a community gathering spot and for its wonderful smoked foods and delicious fudge. It is also happens to be located right next to the Bath covered bridge.

The Brick Store has been serving the Bath community since the early 1800’s.

And, a couple of extra historic white doors for good measure.

Left to right: Bath Historical Society 1824, Bath Congregational Church 1791, American Heritage Gallery of Art 1833

Have plans to be in New Hampshire? See if you can include a short stop in Bath.

Beautiful scenery, historic buildings, covered bridges, plus smoked foods and hand-made fudge – all good things.

I couldn’t resist ending on a story about gardening. Β πŸ™‚

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors July 12, 2018.


Bath Trivia…

  • How many other towns are named Bath? Twenty two. Fifteen in America, and one each in Belgium, Canada, Jamaica, Netherlands, Pakistan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and the United Kingdom.
  • Which President and his family had lunch at the The Brick Store? President Obama in 2007.
  • What 1950’s singer lived in Bath? Β Patti Page.

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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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42 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Nancy says:

    Great trivia! Great doors! Fabulous history!

    There is a Bath, Ohio and here is a little trivia for you… LeBron James has a sprawling mansion in Bath, Ohio! (Even though he just left the Cleveland Cavaliers, he calls the area Home.)

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  2. Nice post all around. Love the sign on the covered bridge! And all your doors!

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    It boggles the mind to think of a store being in continuous operation for as long as The Brick Store has been. The store’s straightforward name harkens back to a different time as well. Nice photos of a state that I know very little about.

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  4. We went there! I have pictures of the covered bridge and the Bath Country Store. Of course we went shopping at the store. Love the Bath trivia! We spent a night in Bath, Maine. The pirate Blackbeard spent time in Bath, NC. We visited a Blackbeard museum there. That’s all I know about towns in the U.S. named Bath.

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  5. I have no Bath stories, other than I enjoy bubbles in my bath! But we have a BRICK Hotel in Georgetown Delaware! Love all the photos of the town of Bath! πŸ™‚

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  6. Murphy's Law says:

    What a fun post! Love the trivia and covered bridge, but especially the sign on the bridge! Lol.

    The Brick Store is still standing and still serving the community after all these years. Mind boggling. What a neat little town Bath is. I like the Congregational Church building.

    Patti Page….maybe that’s where she saw that little doggie in the window! 😜
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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  7. Beautiful photos, Judy. I love those covered bridges, I don’t thing we have any of them here in Ireland, only those going through tunnels.

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  8. Laurie Graves says:

    A very informative post! I did not know there was a Bath, New Hampshire. Maine has a Bath, right next to Brunswick, and I have been to Bath, Maine, many times. and, oh, fudge! You make me want to take a trip to the Brick Store.

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  9. Joyce says:

    I used to wistfully dream I was one of those early settlers who was deeded a plot of land just for showing up. Think of the possibilities! The extra ambitious could start a business like The Brick Store without thought to zoning regulations. Of course, also without a bulldozer! – strictly, “here’s your axe – do it yourself!” That makes me admire these sturdy entrepreneurships even more! How lucky we are to still have them to patronize and admire! Love the bridge – that one, too – timelessly well made!
    And little Mercy! Bless her sweet heart for recognizing that a person’s gotta eat, too – not just build stuff!

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  10. We stayed at a very old Inn in Bath (The White Horse Inn maybe?), the name of which escapes me (as so many names seem to, these days). It was old ones and didn’t have an elevator. It had a little fireplace in the room. Closed off … no fires allowed so it was “just for looking.” But I remember it as one of the pleasantest of our short weekends. I think we’d gone to Kennebunk, but prices were high there and Bath was pretty and perfectly New England. We had a good time. I remember the store too. Not sure whether or not I bought something, but I probably did. In those days, I always bought something!

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  11. I’ve been to Bath, Maine but never this one in New Hampshire. It looks lovely. You and Ally Bean both wrote about fudge this morning and now I have a craving for some. Thanks a lot πŸ˜‹

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  12. What a lovely balcony on the Brick Store.

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  13. Oddment says:

    Thank you for this get-away from the here and now. I love the sense of past, and especially I love the church doors and windows — New England Gothic? How wonderful that Mercy’s story is there for everyone to read; who could be more important than a community’s first gardener?

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  14. I’ve only been to Bath in England. This Bath looks lovely! I want to shop at the store and try the fudge. He-Man and I have a tradition of stopping in candy shoppes and trying the rocky road fudge when we travel.

    Loved the trivia, and doors!

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  15. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love the look of the Brick Store. It reminds me of the saloons you see in every Western movie – minus the swinging doors πŸ™‚
    In this case I would happily accept the fudge rather than a shot of whiskey πŸ˜‰

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  16. Norm 2.0 says:

    Oh what a wonderful post that just oozes typical New England charm πŸ™‚
    The next time we head down the 91 on our way to Lebanon/White River Junction we’re going to take some extra time to stop and check this place out. We’ve driven past the signs for Bath so many times and never stopped to visit it. Thanks to this I now know the error of our ways.

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  17. jesh stg says:

    Love this little historic town – my favorite detail is the covered bridge (because there are none in the Netherlands, country of origin) – awesome – and of course the brick store – a big temptation!

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  18. What an interesting place. And I love covered bridges!

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  19. Eliza Waters says:

    New England has many great old towns. Love the trivia you’ve shared here!

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  20. Dan Antion says:

    This is a wonderful post, Judy. The jumps up and says “I’m in New England!” I love the covered bridge, but I think my favorite photo is the one of the church – I love that steeple.

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  21. germac4 says:

    What a wonderful place New Hampshire is with all these small historic places to visit… The town of Bath looks lovely with the beautifully kept church and buildings around… And the general store could tell a few tales. I loved Mercy’s story, those were the days… If you didn’t grow food you didn’t eat..

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    • So, true about growing food, and still today in ‘general’ people don’t stop to think about where their food comes from. I truly wonder if all children understand how everything on their grocery store shelves get there. There are several local schools here who teach gardening. Applause to them.


  22. That does look like an interesting little town.

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  23. Dawn says:

    What a charming New England town! It would be such fun to explore the area. The story of Mercy’s first garden made my heart smile! Have a delightful weekend, dear Judy! πŸ’—

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  24. KerryCan says:

    I was surprised to hear that Littleton has a bedroom community! To me, that suggests a big city, like Washington, and the last time I was in Littleton it wasn’t all that big . . . Bath looks charming, though!

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  25. At first glance I thought you were talking about my favourite UK city, and then I realised it was a different Bath. It looks like I would love this one too.

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  26. You had me at fudge!! 😊 And the history, too, of course!! Putting Bath on my list …

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  27. joey says:

    Pretty! Love the covered bridge πŸ™‚
    The Brick Store looks like a place I’d like. Just the history of the place, I bet you feel it at every turn.

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  28. Tina Schell says:

    What a quaint place Judy! And OF COURSE you should end with a gardening story😊😊

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  29. Annie says:

    Another quaint New Hampshire destination to add to my bucket list. Thank you! I can never pass by a country store without stopping for a visit and a purchase or two. I’ve been to Bath in England, a town not like this one at all. I don’t remember a general store there. 😊

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  30. dennyho says:

    I so enjoyed learning of this town. I have been to a few other towns named Bath…would love to visit NH’s Bath.

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