Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Chatham Historical Society Sponsors Historic House Tour

Support the CHS and Enjoy the Beauty and Grace of Fine Architecture
East Hampton's Chatham Historical Society is offering an Historic House Tour on Saturday, September 27. The tour is major fundraising event for the Society; we look forward to your interest and support.

Special Feature
St. Clements Castle: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM ONLY
The tour will begin with an hour at St. Clements Castle located at 1931 Portland-Cobalt Road. A tour of the castle, the gardens, and view of the Connecticut River will end with coffee on the terrace. The tour of this 16th century-style castle will be begin at the main entrance and be led by Reverend Edward Doherty, the founding trustee of St. Clements Castle.

From 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Chatham Historical Society Complex Tour
The tour will continue with visits to the Historical Society's three-building museum complex and six other homes. The Society's property consists of a reconstructed One-Room Schoolhouse, a new museum building, and a renovated portable building. They house an extensive Gong Bell and N.N. Hill toy collection, a representative bell collection celebrating 100 years of bell manufacturing in 'Belltown U.S.A.' as well as many other artifacts from our country's historical past. A new addition this year is a display of memorabilia from the late Governor William A. O'Neill.

Home Tour
The tour of homes includes a 1700's colonial, retaining a tap-room tavern and river view; a renovated horse barn made into a charming residence; an early 1800's colonial with original features; a fabulous reproduction post and beam home; a restored Victorian mansion, and a pre-Revolutionary War colonial farm house.

Ticket Information
Each ticket costs $15 and may be purchased in advance at the East Hampton Town Hall, East Hampton Public Library, or by calling 860-267-8953 or 860-267-4732. The day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at the Historical Society complex at 6 Bevin Boulevard, across from East Hampton Center School.

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