History Weekend 2019
June 21- 23


Historic Chatham presents “History Weekend” June 21-23, 2019.  Museums will be open, presenting new exhibits for 2019. Many museums will have discounted or free admission. There will be lectures, corn grinding, a walking tour, two lighthouse tours, an archaeology dig and more! Download and print the History Weekend map and list of sites and activities here: History Weekend 2019



New this year is a bus tour that will stop at many of the major sites. Click here for more information about the bus tour. The association’s website, www.Historic-Chatham.org, is one way to learn more about Chatham’s history and find more detailed information about the History Weekend programs, events & exhibits.



Sites & Hours:

Chatham Windmill: 125 Shattuck Pl. Windmill Ln.  (Saturday 10 am—3 pm)

Atwood House & Museum: 347 Stage Harbor  (Friday & Saturday 10 am—5 pm and Sunday 1 pm-4 pm, lecture @ 2:00 pm)

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge: 30 Wikis Way  (Friday & Saturday 9 am—5 pm and Sunday 9 am—5 pm)

Chatham Lighthouse:  37 Main St.  (Saturday & Sunday 1 pm-3:30 pm open for tours)

Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum: 847 Orleans Rd  (Fri. & Sat. 10:30 am—4:30 pm and Sunday  1 –4 pm)

Caleb Nickerson Homestead: 1107 Orleans Rd.  (Saturday 10 am—4 pm)

Chatham Railroad Museum: 153 Depot Rd.  (Friday & Saturday 10 am—4 pm)

Eldredge Public Library: 564 Main St.  (Friday & Saturday 10 am—5 pm)

Mayo House: 540 Main St.  (Saturday 11:00 am- 2:00 pm)


Some Highlighted Events:

Friday (6/21) & Saturday (6/22) 10:00 am – 4:00 pm   Chatham Railroad Museum will be open.

Friday (6/21) and Saturday (6/22) – 10:30 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday (6/23) – 1:00-4:00 pm.  Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum will launch their newest display “Celebrating The Centennial: Radio Corporation of America 1919 – The Beginning” which celebrates the formation of the Radio Corporation of America in 1919.

Friday (6/21) & Saturday (6/22) – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday (6/23) 1:00-4:00 pm   The Atwood House & Museum will be open with three new exhibits: “Main Street Cape Cod” featuring an historic walk down the main streets we love; “Chatham Digs,” an exhibit all about the archaeological dig that was done underneath the foundations of the old Atwood House and “Flight into Chatham” featuring the celebration of the 100th  anniversary of the first transatlantic flight that made an historic stop in Chatham.

Sunday (6/23) – 2:00 pm   The Atwood House & Museum will host a lecture “Chatham’s Archaeological Digs” presented by Craig Chartier

Friday 6/21), Saturday (6/22) and Sunday (6/23) – The Monomoy NWR visitor center is open (9am-5pm) and the trails are open dawn to dusk.  Visitors may enjoy self-guided walks or tours from volunteer or staff available upon request. The MNWR will be offering free public tours to the Monomoy lighthouse on Friday and Saturday – registration through the Refuge is required.

Saturday (6/22) – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm The Mayo House will be open for tours. Learn about what like was like in the 1800s at the Mayo House.

Saturday (6/22) – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm   The Caleb Nickerson homestead will be host to archaeologist Craig Chartier who will be conducting test pits at the 1664 Nickerson homestead.  Beekeepers Mark and Kathleen Francis will speak on “Colonial Beekeeping” at 12:00 and Craig Chartier will speak on the “Excavation of the c1664 Nickerson Homestead” at 2:00 pm.  Caleb Nickerson Homestead will be open for tours throughout the day.

Saturday (6/22) – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm   The Benjamin Godfrey/Chatham Windmill will be grinding corn, weather permitting, with “Colonel Godfrey” distributing his corn bread.  Tours will be available throughout the day.

Saturday (6/22) – 10:00 am   Starting at the Chatham Community Center, enjoy a special historic walking tour down Main Street with “Chatham Walks.”

Saturday (6/22) and Sunday (6/23) – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm   The Chatham Lighthouse will be open for tours, weather permitting.  Proper footwear required.


You can find more information about additional lectures, displays and events at www.historic-chatham.org
We hope you enjoy Chatham’s History Weekend!