despite two auspicious growth spells never grew much beyond the outline of its John Lawson 1709 town plan with Indian
palisade and town gate boundaries. By the mid18th century Bath appears to have consistently placed fourth and fifth out of
the five port customs districts in terms of shipping volume and duties paid. Port Bath’s last known appointed customs
collector was Nathan Keais: sometime around 1776/1777 he moved to Forks of the Tar, about the time that new growing
port town was renamed Washington in honor of George Washington. Washington remains the county seat of Beaufort
County today.
Ch.2 Origins Of The British Colonial Customs Service
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