Images of the Borough of Chatham

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    52 North Hillside Avenue, 1911

    Mrs. Jeanette Collins with her baby daughter in front of their new home at 52 North Hillside Avenue in early spring of 1911. The view is looking towards Weston Avenue.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Ice-skating

    Ice-skating was a popular winter sport. In Ten on a Toboggan and other Tales (page 35) Catherine Grover shares her memories of skating on the freshet; when she would come home from school at lunch time and skate until it was time to return to school.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Main Street, circa 1900

    A view looking south down Summit Avenue, at the corner of Main Street and Summit Avenue.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    McDougall's Store

    William McDougall's store and home, built in 1837, was on the east end of Main St., near where the Library stands today. The building was demolished in 1947.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Park Pool

    The swimming pool off Passaic Avenue presumably was built at the site of the old stable that serviced the Fairview House hotel on Main Street. The building is the background is the structure that become the theater for Chatham Community Players.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Stanley dam

    The Stanley dam in 1870 at the south end of Chatham.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Swimming at a Chatham dam

    Summer visitors to Chatham loved the waterfalls near the dams for fishing, boating and swimming.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Bridge to Main Street, 1874

    In 1874 the bridge that would carry travelers to Chatham across the Passaic River was nearing completion.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Elevating the rail tracks, 1916

    The old station (right foreground) would be replaced by the new, elevated station (left, background). The raising of the tracks began in 1914.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    George Shepard Page factory

    George Shepard Page bought the Bonnell mills in the southeast part of town and converted them to a felt roofing-paper factory.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Kelley's store on Main Street

    This store was at the corner of Passaic Ave. (formerly Budd's Lane) and Main Street. The upper floor was a town meeting room and social center. About 1875 it housed the town library.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Dusenberry House

    This building is listed on both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. It was built originally as the manse for the Reverend Joseph Meeker Ogden of the Presbyterian Church in 1848. 

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Captain William Day house

    This house was the homestead of William Day, circa 1780. It remained a 100 acre farmstead into the 20th century and used as a residence until the late 1990s.

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Fairview House circa 1870

    At the site of the current Library of the Chathams on Main Street, was once the magnificent Fairview House. Up to 150 guests could be accommodated in the grand hotel. It was demolished in 1920.

     

     

     

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Chatham Hotel circa 1800

    Probably a stagecoach stop along the Morris and Essex Turnpike (Main Street), the Chatham Hotel served travelers and drivers who herded pigs and sheep to city markets. During the 1920s it was Chatham's speakeasy.

      

  • The Chatham Historical Society maintains an extensive photo collection. Many of the photos have been published in our books. Please enjoy viewing this gallery that includes some samples of the full collection.

    Woman's Club

    At the southwest corner of Main Street and Washington Avenue once stood a building that housed the Woman's Club of Chatham. Members of the club helped the World War efforts, nominated the first woman to the school board, and held summer "porch readings" to raise money for books for the library that they also helped to develop. The building was demolished in 2000.

News & Events

Post date: July 27, 2017

The Fairmount Cemetery Field Trip, organized by the Chatham Historical Society, has become a tradition for students at Chatham's Lafayette School. 

Next Events:

October 20, 2017

History & Hops 2017

Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to mark your calendar for autumn festivities! Join us on Friday, October 20, 2017 for our second annual “History & Hops.” Last year it was a sold out event so get your tickets early. This is an evening you won’t want to miss!