Chatham is a town steeped in history, home to wonderful museums, historic structures, a coastline full of history as well as beautiful beaches and scenic spots, hidden architectural gems, and natural history.
Atwood House & Museum
Bringing History to Life!
347 Stage Harbor Rd., Chatham
Phone: (508) 945-2493
Bringing History to Life!
Step Back to Cape Cod of centuries past. Your journey begins with a tour of the historical dwelling built circa 1752 by Chatham sea captain Joseph Atwood, and occupied by his descendants for some five generations. Discover Cape Cod's captivating history, art, and culture at the Chatham Historical Society's Atwood House Museum.
Built for Guglielmo Marconi in 1914, the 11.3-acre, 10-building Chatham Marconi Maritime Center campus of distinctive structures has been preserved by the Town of Chatham and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Marconi's Wireless Receiving Station was initially part of his visionary global network planned to link America with Europe and Japan. Today, the Operations and Residence Hotel buildings serve respectively as CMMC's museum and Education Center.
The Chatham Railroad Museum is located in the old Chatham Railroad Company station on Depot Road, and has parking space at the door. The building is now over 130 years old and on the original site. A striking example of Victorian-era architecture, the railroad depot was the stepping off – and on – point for riders of the old Chatham Railroad, which served the town with a seven-mile strip of railway for about fifty years from 1887 to 1937. In 1951, Mrs. Jacob Cox of Cleveland, Ohio and Chatham pur
Built by Colonel Benjamin Godfrey in 1797, the Mill remains almost exactly as it was when it was grinding corn for early Chatham residents. The Mill is located near Chase Park, off Shattuck place, just a short walk from the downtown Main Street. It is a prime example of a post-Revolutionary War commercial venture that served the community for more than one-hundred years.
Nickerson Family Association, Inc./Caleb Nickerson Homestead
1107 Orleans Rd. (Rt 28), N. Chatham
Phone: (508) 945-6086
Chatham's Caleb Nickerson Homestead, on the Nickerson Family Association property at 1107 Orleans Road (Route 28) is open for tours every Wednesday and most Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm June through September and during Hands On History special events throughout the year. Donations are accepted. Caleb Nickerson, great, great grandson of William, the founder of the town of Chatham, and his wife Elizabeth Mayo built their home on Stage Neck Road in 1772. The house stood on a bluff over looking the Oyster Riv
Just east of the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank building on Main Street is the Mayo House, which is an excellent example
of a traditional Cape Cod house built in 1820. This antique home serves as headquarters for the Chatham Conservation Foundation,
and is used by the group for its regular meetings. The Mayo House, beautifully preserved and restored, was donated to the foundation by
the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. It is furnished with period furniture and is open to the public on Wednesdays in the s
Considered the iconic landmark of the town, the Chatham Light
stands 48 feet tall and 80 feet above sea level overlooking the infamous Chatham Bar.
It is one of the few lighthouses in America that still operates 24 hours a day.
Everything you want to know about the Lighthouse, the Coast Guard station, and the scenic and historic immediate surrounding area known as the
Lighthouse Overlook, is provided in the links below.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts tours of the Chatham Lighthouse on Wednesdays fro
The Eldredge Public Library was a gift to the people of Chatham from one of its natives, Marcellus Eldredge. The Library was dedicated in formal ceremonies on July 4, 1896, and opened to the public a week later. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge consists of North and South Monomoy Islands, Minimoy Island and a portion of Morris Island. The 7,921-acre refuge stretches approximately nine miles southward into the waters of Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Ninety-four percent of Monomoy's acreage was designated a Wilderness Area in 1970, and is managed under the guidelines of the Wilderness Act of 1964. It is the only Wilderness Area in southern New England.
To reach the headquarters on Morris Island, take R
The Chatham Fish Pier, at the corner of Shore Road and Barcliff Avenue on Aunt Lydia's Cove, is a true working pier where the local professional fishermen bring in their catch. Visitors can catch the sights, sounds and scents of the action from a prominent observation deck. The members of the fishing fleet make their run each suitable day to the fishing grounds from 3 to 100 miles off Chatham. Their catch consists of haddock, cod, flounder, lobster, pollock, dogfish and halibut. The one-day fresh fish is placed
Established in 2001, the Old Village District protects more than 300 historic properties - approximately 85% of its structures - from demolition and substantial alteration. Residents work cooperatively to protect the oldest section of town. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Old Village Historic District is predominantly residential historic district encompassing the old village center of Chatham, Massachusetts. The Old Village occupies the southeast corner of the town where it is framed by Main Stre
The former Stage Harbor Lighthouse is now private property. It is located to the west of the entrance into Stage Harbor from Nantucket Sound. The former lighthouse is visible from the water in Stage Harbor, and from
Situated on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic, Chatham Bars Inn is the last of the grand hotels of Chatham.
Built in 1914 as an elegant hunting lodge by Charles Hardy, a wealthy Boston stockbroker, it quickly became a summer retreat for wealthy
vacationers escaping the heat of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other large cities. Designed by Boston architects Harvey Bailey Alden and William H. Cox,
it boasted of long distance telephones and salt water baths in each room.. Its splendid seaside location winds a