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Bahama - A brief history



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Bahama was originally settled around 1750 as the community of Balltown.

The name was soon changed to reflect three leading families of the community: (Ba)ll, (Ha)ll, and (Ma)ngum. The pronunciation is Baa-HAY-Ma, not to be confused with the tropical island. 

Bahama is an unincorporated town located in Durham County, north of the city of Durham. At one time, it was referred to as “Hunkydory” during the 19th century. Nathaniel Harris, in the mid-eighteenth century, acquired a tract of 6,000 acres in what is now the community of Bahama in northern Durham County.

One of the most recognizable historic places in Bahama includes Mount Bethel Church; an historic non-denominational meeting house built ca. 1784 by Archer Harris, Nathaniel’s son. It was operated to the benefit of all denominations and used by all who desired to worship, white and black. The first building was a log structure and the meeting house was originally known as “Crossroads.” By 1808, it was converted to Methodist and was the home church to Washington Duke, patriarch of the “Dukes of Durham,” City of Durham history and tobacco industry legend. In 1812, a 2 acre tract was conveyed to the church trustees.

Lake Michie is a reservoir in central North Carolina, within the Neuse River watershed and located near the town of Bahama. Fed principally by the Flat River, Lake Michie is the primary reservoir for the city of Durham. The reservoir dam was completed in 1926 and spans 920 feet. In addition to retaining drinking water for the city, the concrete and earthwork dam, built between 1924 and 1926, supplied hydroelectric power to Durham until 1960, when the generators were removed. Lake Michie offers some of the finest Largemouth Bass fishing in the Piedmont of North Carolina.

Rent a boat and motor or launch your own boat for a relaxing day of fishing without the hassles found at larger lakes. Other fish found in the lake include Bull, Mud, Channel, Flathead and Blue Catfish, Chain Pikerel, Longnose Gar and various others.

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