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 Street where merchants
cater to locals and strolling visitors from around the world.
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. In the winter months, Chatham hosts a performing arts festival that culminates
with midnight fireworks over Oyster Pond. Nearly surrounded by water and dotted with ice age "kettle ponds,"
Chatham offers a number of beaches, varied water sports and a scenic 4.5-mile bike trail.
The Chatham Railroad Museum, housed in a beautifully restored 1887 depot, features a walk-through of a
1918 New York Central caboose. There are three other local museums to
explore as well as a wildlife refuge.
For these reasons, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the country's largest private nonprofit preservation organization, added Chatham, Mass. to its 2007 list of America's Dozen Distinctive
Destinations, an annual list of unique and lovingly preserved communities in the United States.