History of the Antique Chatham Cottage
The Antique Chatham Cottage was originally built as a simple fisherman's cottage around 1760 on Nantucket Island. It is one of 35 known houses barged to the Cape when the whaling industry failed in the 1860's. As wood was scarce on the Cape most houses were flaked (taken apart) or moved intact. The Antique Chatham Cottage was moved intact with the exception of the chimney and windows marked with Roman numerals. It was most likely brought over on the ice as Nantucket Sound often froze over in the 1800's.
Inside many of the early features of Island living remain including rooms built around a central chimney with two fireplaces with cooking cranes and a secret chimney room. Beamed ceilings, hand planed wide board antique pine floors and hand blown glass panes are all characteristic of the early island homes. The kitchen was added around 1900 after the house reached the Cape. The attached cottage to the rear of the house was originally an out building on the property but was added after 1940, in the tradition of attaching farm buildings to the main house, so the owner would not have to brave the Cape's winter storms.
About Chatham (from mychatham.com)
"Beloved by fishermen and sea captains for centuries, the charming coastal town of Chatham, Mass., came into its own as a resort destination in the 1870s…Chatham has long been recognized for its exquisite natural beauty. Picture-perfect streets are lined with 18th-century homes, Cape Cod cottages and glorious gardens. Anchored by the historic Chatham lighthouse, the village boasts a lively, architecturally rich Main…The town celebrates its sense of place through well-loved summertime traditions such as free Friday night band concerts, Chatham A's baseball games and a Fourth of July parade that is a Norman Rockwell painting come to life…"
Chatham Voted Most Historically Distinctive
After soaking up the Cape Cod sun head to downtown Chatham just 3 miles away and named to the the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2007 list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Here you will find an outstanding offering of restaurants, shops and entertainment...be sure to check out one of the more popular traditions, the Friday night band concerts right on Chatham's Main Street in Kate Gould Park.