Discover Chatham, MA - CAPE COD TRAVEL GUIDE 2021 - Magazine - Page 53
Discover Chatham, MA
CHATHAM LIGHTHOUSE BEACH
a family-friendly gathering that concludes with fireworks at
Oyster Pond and the traditional “Dropping of the Cod” at
midnight. On summer evenings, spread a blanket on the grass
at the Chatham Band Concert, where the lamp-lit glow of Kate
Gould Park and a sea of balloons will inspire you to bunnyhop.
A visit to Chatham’s busy commercial fishing pier reveals the
thriving fishing village that co-exists with Chatham’s stylish
façades. Watch local fishermen unload their day’s catch, as
well as seals hoping to get a free meal. The Chatham-based
Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance engages the local
fishing community in building lasting solutions to protect the
Cape’s ecosystem and the future of fishing businesses.
Chatham’s history can best be explored through its museums.
Chatham Historical Society’s Atwood House Museum boasts a
collection of 3,000 items - paintings, decorative arts, maritime
artifacts, photographs and historical documents – and
showcases an impressive collection of 120 nautical charts,
most dating from the 19th century. A historic 1887 train
depot was converted into what is now the Chatham Railroad
Museum, which displays rail-centric exhibits, including model
locomotives from the 1939 New York World’s Fair and a
restored 1910 caboose.
The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center celebrates the first
wireless transmission that occurred between the United
States and Norway due to the genius of Guglielmo Marconi;
the center pays tribute to Marconi’s contributions to
wireless communication and Chatham’s connection to that
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