Communities Chatham

Communities Chatham

One of the most popular places on the Cape, Chatham is a charming walkable village. Historic homes and inns line the winding Main Street of restaurants, upscale shops and art galleries. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Chatham a Distinctive Destination.

Samuel de Champlain first tried to land on the Chatham shores of Stage Harbor in 1606 to fix a broken rudder but was met with resistance by hostile natives. In 1656, William Nickerson (a Yarmouth resident) purchased land from Chief Mattaquason. By 1712, the permanent settlers incorporated the town in which many of their descendents remain today.

Chatham has an active fishing industry. An enjoyable experience is to see the daily catch come in at noon at the Chatham Fish Pier. You can get up close and personal with the many seals vying for any spare or forgotten fish !

Surrounded on three sides by water, Chatham has 65 miles of shoreline. Not to be missed is the view of the Sound and Bars from the Chatham Light, overlooking Lighthouse beach.

Villages in Chatham
Chatham / Chatham Port / West Chatham / South Chatham / North Chatham


Chatham Light
Chatham Village
Monomoy Island
The Chatham Fish Pier
Atwood House Museum
Mayo House
Caleb Nickerson House