Welcome to the Atwood House & Museum - Home of the Chatham Historical Society

Upcoming Events

Sunday Lecture at the Atwood
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Whaling in the Age of Sail
Speaker: Curtis Martin
2-3:30 pm
Curtis Martin of Wellesley, began lecturing on American Whaling  in 2014. Whaling in the Age of Sail is an introduction to the whaling industry as it was practiced in 19th century America, covering topics such as the importance of whaling in the economy, the hunt, capture and processing of whales, the crew, products of the industry, and perils of whaling. 
Location: Atwood House & Museum
$5 Admission - Members Free!
Limited Seating - Arrive Early!
Valentine's Tea Party at the Atwood
Monday, February 12, 2018
2 - 4 PM
To Benefit the Atwood House & Museum
Join the Atwood House & Museum as we celebrate Valentine's Day with a Social Tea Party in the Alice Stallknecht Mural Barn.
  • Festive Refreshments
  • Creativity Display
  • Creative Hat Contest
  • Visit the Highly Acclaimed "Windows into Time" Exhibit
  • Meet Amy Dykens, Local Photographer and Author of the book "My Heart Rocks"
  • Enjoy Harpist, Jane Taylor
Location: Atwood House & Museum
Tickets: $20 for members - $25 for non-members
For reservations email: atwoodmuseumevents@gmail.com 

Our history

About the Chatham Historical Society

What our Visitors say

The Chatham Historical Society was organized in 1923. Three years later, the society acquired the Atwood House – a gambrel-roofed house built in 1752. Except for the addition of essential electricity, the old Atwood House is unchanged from when it was built and is furnished throughout as it was during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Over the years, museum galleries have been added to the original structure without affecting its integrity. As a result of the major expansion and renovation to the museum completed in 2005, there are now eight galleries with permanent exhibits, plus a large special exhibit gallery that doubles as a meeting room seating up to 100 people.

On the grounds are the mid-20th century Nickerson North Beach Camp, the Chatham School Bells display, and the Chatham Light Display, featuring the lantern house from Chatham’s twin light with its original Fresnel lens, which flashes its beam whenever the museum is open.

The reception room of the museum houses a unique gift shop featuring tasteful gifts, books, and fashion accessories that relate to our collections. It is not necessary to pay admission to visit the shop. Read more...

The mission of the Chatham Historical Society is to inform and educate present and future generations about the history and culture of Chatham and vicinity by collecting and preserving records of earlier generations and by exhibiting and interpreting art, artifacts, archives and places of historical interest.

"Bringing History to Life."