Welcome to the Atwood House & Museum - Home of the Chatham Historical Society
- 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
About the Chatham Historical Society
What our Visitors say
Wonderful museum, great information, fascinating place! Thanks!P. Harris
Most enjoyable; informa-tive and friendly staff.L. Sainte-Marie
This was amazing . . . so wonderful!T. Blunt
The Atwood House & Museum is great for the whole family. Learning about the history of Chatham is a wonderful experience!Jim B.
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...