Chatham Celebrates Its Tricentennial!


June 13, 2015, 10:30 am


Railroad Plaza South

Chatham Borough is planning its 300th Birthday Party this spring and everyone’s invited to join the festivities. The grand commemoration, set for Saturday, June 13 at Railraod Plaza South, coincides with Chatham’s annual Fishawack Festival and promises plenty of fascinating history, cool arts and crafts, tasty food and the chance to meet and mingle with Chatham residents past and present. The historical society is busy planning for the big event presenting Selfiemania!

We encourage you to tag your best Chatham selfie to #Chatham300Years on Instagram for a chance to win one of three $100 Visa Gift cards. You may also tag your favorite “Life in Chatham" photo. On June 13, be sure to stop by the Chatham Historical Society's display at Railroad Plaza South to take even more selfies with our extremely colorful and historically accurate directional sign post, Signs of Chatham-Then & Now. See if you can correctly name all the “Then & Now” locations and landmarks in Chatham. You can also pop your head through the wonderfully fun face-in-the-hole board, crafted by students from the Chatham High School art department. Bring your friends and family to the Chatham Historical Society’s display and have a lasting memory of the day…don’t forget to tag that selfie, too, for a chance to win!


Click HERE for a comical history on how the selfie came about and an inspirational video on how to take a selfie, produced by Chatham High School students!

Additional events celebrating Chatham's 300th Birthday will include:

Happy Birthday Chatham: Kick off the summer season by enjoying a tasty and traditional-style strawberry shortcake dessert with your family and friends, hosted by the Chatham Girl Scouts. 


Meet Chatham’s Notables: A lot can happen in 300 years! Learn about Chatham’s colorful history by chatting with the folks who were there from the start—Actors from the Chatham High School Theater Department, dressed in period garb, will portray notable Chathamites and will be on hand to talk with visitors.


Chatham “Past-Port”: Kids of all ages can have a special Chatham “Past-Port” validated as they walk through Chatham’s history, then return to the Library of the Chathams’ booth to receive a participation prize.


Flex Your Muscles: The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign of the Chathams encourages you to test your strength, power and strategy in a fun bout of Tug of War.


Arts & Culture: The Public Art Council of the Chathams will be organizing a special tricentennial art project that will include art etching and Youth Courier editors. Participating children will pen the community’s newspaper.


Three Penny Tavern: Celebrate the day with an ice cold beer at an old-fashioned tavern decorated with a timeline of Chatham’s 300 years. Proceeds benefit, a not for profit organization dedicated to the beautification of Chatham.


We look forward to seeing you there!


Join Us for History & Hops 2017


News & Events

Post date: December 12, 2017

It’s time to celebrate the holidays and we kicked off the season in style. The annual holiday party was held December 10 at the home Karen and Mark Hoerrner of 194 Fairmount Avenue. They recently finished a major renovation restoring their home to its past splendor - inside and out.

Next Events:

Check here for other upcoming events pertaining to the Chatham Historical Society and Chatham's history