Travel through nearly 300 years of Chatham history in a three-quarter mile trek down Main Street. Start near the site of the first town hall, which burned to the ground in 1919, leaving only the town vault standing. See the church moved board-by-board to its present location almost 150 years ago. Walk past the library beer built. Learn which building’s second floor used to be its first floor. And discover which Main Street building once had a shooting range in its basement.
Chatham began as a farming community and later turned to the sea. Its downtown has followed the changing whims of the shoreline, moving at least three times until finally settling in its current spot in the mid-1800s. This historic stretch features dozens of carefully preserved buildings, some dating as far back as the early 18th century, in a variety of architecture styles which have earned it the well-deserved reputation as the Cape’s most scenic, and walkable, seaside village.
“(Chatham Walks) provides a great tour of Main Street, Chatham for anyone wanting to learn about Chatham landmarks, its history and stories behind the town and its people. I really enjoyed learning about the changing architecture and hearing stories of locals who helped build the town over its 300+ year history. It’s a great way to spend a couple of hours in a beautiful town!!”
— CDWCape, on Tripadvisor
“Thanks for the fantastic inaugural Chatham Walk this morning. It was extremely well-organized, interesting, and informative. “
— C.S. via Facebook