Thursday, April 17, 2008

Visiting the Chatham Historical Society's Museum Complex

A Place for History... A History of Place
The Chatham Historical Society's museum complex is open to the public on the first Sunday of each month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by special arrangement. The complex features the 1840 one-room schoolhouse (pictured above) and a newly constructed museum which opened in June 2006. Our museum complex is the consequence of donations, grants, membership dues, and local volunteerism.

About the School House
The one-room school house was previously located on Chestnut Hill and was one of a series of "district" -- or close-to-home schools -- which dotted our town's map during the 1800's, and which preceded the days of road transportation as we now know it. The Chestnut Hill schoolhouse was donated to Society by Joseph and Ann Terp Walters, dismantled in 1980, then moved and reconstructed on a half-acre Bevin Boulevard parcel donated by the family of Chauncey Bevin in 1965.

Hope to See You Soon
Mark your calendars for an every first Sunday tour of our museum complex. Our displays feature an extensive bell collection, mainly from Bevin Bell Company; a large toy collection from the two companies that operated in East Hampton in the 1930's and 40's; artifacts from the once prospering shipbuilding industry of Middle Haddam; and many other notable items that convey our town's history.

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