The first non-native inhabitants of the village were the United Empire Loyalists. In 1784, a portion of the Jessup Loyal Rangers, who made the long, hard trek from what is now New York State, settled in the Adolphustown and Bath areas. Some of the current families can trace their existence back to these Loyalist Settlers.
For approximately 50 years, Bath was the main settlement of what was then known as "Township of Ernesttown" and rivaled Kingston as a commercial and educational centre. In 1816, the village was by-passed by the ‘Kingston-York’ Road (County Road 2), as well as the Grand Trunk Railway in 1856 (now the CNR), causing it to lose its commercial role to Kingston.
Some beautiful historical sites to see when visiting Bath include the Old Town Hall, now the Bath Museum, Fairfield-Gutzeit House and the Bath Academy. The Loyalist Township Heritage Committee has compiled information on the history and architecture of Bath here. Main Street features businesses of interest, including two restaurants and a coffee shop/ice cream parlour. Centennial Park can be found in the centre of the village and Finkel's Shore Park just outside to the west on Bath Road.
Bath is widely-known for its annual Canada Day celebration, culminating in a fantastic fireworks display. You may also want to plan your visit around a golf game and meal at the world-class golf course Loyalist Golf and Country Club. Some of the best fresh water sailing in the world can be accessed from the Loyalist Cove Marina.
For more information on this quaint but developing village, please check out the Village of Bath website.