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

Upcoming Events

Sunday Lecture at the Atwood
Sunday, March 18, 2018
2-3:30 PM


"Voyages From Chatham"
With speaker Bob Ryder

Bob Ryder talks about his book, "Voyages From Chatham," and the stories about his life on the water, as a child, teenager, a husband and father. He shares the successes, the failures, the bitter, the sweet, and the lessons learned along the way. 
Bob was born on Cape Cod in 1941, to a family of lifelong seafarers. He attended Chatham School - all twelve grades in one building - graduated in 1959 and happily joined the U.S. Coast Guard. After five memorable years  of service without a single day at sea, he returned to Chatham and began his commercial fishing career as a crewman. Join us for a feel good lecture and hear about his many adventures at sea. 
Location: Atwood House & Museum
Admission: $5 for non-members - Members FREE
Space is limited - Arrive Early!

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."