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Chatham Town


Chatham Town Hall is located at 549 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633; phone: 508-945-5100.

Port Royal House, ca. 1863, 606 Main Street, Chatham, MA, National Register

Photo: Port Royal House, ca. 1863, 606 Main Street, Chatham, MA. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Photographed by User:Doug Kerr (own work), 2009, [cc-by-2.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed February, 2013.

Beginnings [1]

First settled about 1655, Chatham was incorporated in 1712. Although Chatham had passed resolutions forbidding the use of tea during the pre-Revolutionary crisis, it voted against the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Traditional industries of the town during its early development were fishing, whaling, ship building, saltworks and shoe factories. By the 1930s only fishing survived.

  1. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for Massachusetts, Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People, American Guide Series, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1937.
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