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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Chatham, Massachusetts

Clickable Map of Barnstable County, Massachusetts and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Barnstable County, MA (296) Bristol County, MA (185) Dukes County, MA (44) Plymouth County, MA (183)  BarnstableCounty(296) Barnstable County (296)  BristolCounty(185) Bristol County (185)  DukesCounty(44) Dukes County (44)  PlymouthCounty(183) Plymouth County (183)
Barnstable is the county seat for Barnstable County
Chatham is in Barnstable County
      Barnstable County (296)  
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      Dukes County (44)  
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1 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — “Marconi T” AntennaChatham Marconi Maritime Center
This is an original antenna that was used here at the WCC as a receiving antenna on the “MF” band. It was originally located on the other side of Orleans Road, across from the Hotel Building (now the Education Center). It was . . . Map (db m159408) HM
2 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Aerial View of the Marconi-RCA Complex, circa 1930Chatham Radio WCC – Receiving Station – Antenna Field Trail — Chatham Marconi Maritime Center —
At the foot of the trail is the Marconi/RCA receiving station complex, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The station is significant for its engineering , its architecture, and its long and distinguished role in the history of . . . Map (db m159483) HM
3 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Antenna Trail ExhibitsChatham Radio WCC – Receiving Station – Antenna Field Trail — Chatham Marconi Maritime Center —
On this trail, you will see several different types of antennas that are representative of some of the antennas which were used at WCC, both here and at the transmitter site on Forest Beach in South Chatham. There are several half wave dipole . . . Map (db m159432) HM
4 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Captain Mayo / Surfman Ellis
In Memory of The Hero of the Monomoy Disaster 1862   Captain Elmer F. Mayo   1935 Chatham, Mass. and his gallant rescue of Surfman Seth L. Ellis from a watery grave on Shovelful Shoal off Monomoy Point March 17, 1902 In . . . Map (db m158416) HM
5 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Chatham Civil War Monument
Erected By The Town Of Chatham. In Memory Of Those That Fell In The Rebellion Of 1861 to 1865. Map (db m158232) WM
6 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Chatham Commercial Fishing
Native Americans have harvested fish and shellfish in Chatham waters for millennia. Weirs – stationary structures of twine nets and wooden poles driven into the seabed – were the traditional method for catching finfish and squid. . . . Map (db m159114) HM
7 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Chatham Packet Wharf
The Old Village, encompassing the land between Chatham Harbor on the east and Mill/Little Mill Pond on the west, became the town center in the 1800’s probably due to the Old Harbor area becoming less navigable. A concentration of small stores on . . . Map (db m159151) HM
8 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Chatham Railroad Depot
A 2-6-0 coal fired steam locomotive coupled to a string of freight cars wait for departure at the Chatham Railroad Depot in 1932. The Chatham Railroad Company constructed seven miles of tracks as a branch line with stations in Chatham, South . . . Map (db m159095) HM
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9 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Chatham’s Chimes
This set of bell chimes began their existence in the clock tower of one of this town’s notable historic homes overlooking the Old Harbor in North Chatham. The house, originally built in 1806 by George Kendrick, was purchased in 1917 by Rufus and . . . Map (db m159773) HM
10 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Chatham’s Twin Light
This Lighthouse lantern room dates back to 1887, when it was installed atop the south tower of Chatham’s twin lights, the third set to be built on the bluff known as James Head overlooking Chatham Harbor and the Atlantic at the elbow of Cape Cod. . . . Map (db m159757) HM
11 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — 11 — Chatham’s Wampanoag History
We Have Always Been Here For thousands of years Wampanoag have lived in this area inhabiting the shore during the warmer months and moving to less exposed areas in winter. Time has eradicated most of the remains of their earliest . . . Map (db m160412) HM
12 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Dr. Samuel Lord
(Front) Here lies buried Dr. Samuel Lord who died of smallpox after devoted service to the citizens of Chatham in the epidemic of 1765 – 1766 (Back) This monument was erected by the Town of Chatham in . . . Map (db m160407) HM
13 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Employee ResidenceChatham Marconi Maritime Center
Employee Residence of the Marconi-RCA Wireless Station Built in 1914 for the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America Known as the “Hotel Nautilus” In 1994 this building and the entire site were placed . . . Map (db m159331) HM
14 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Forest Beach Overlook
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Meade This land and the view you see before you were . . . Map (db m159214) HM
15 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Historic Receiving AntennasChatham Radio WCC – Receiving Station – Antenna Field Trail — Chatham Marconi Maritime Center —
Six 350-foot masts were built by the Marconi Company to support a mile long horizontal antenna, intended to receive radio signals from a sister station in Norway. Five masts were removed in 1919. The remaining mast and several 100-foot steel . . . Map (db m159439) HM
16 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — History of Chatham
The first European to land on the shores of Chatham was Samuel de Champlain, who took refuge in Stage Harbor in October, 1606. Although relations with the Natives were initially friendly, after about ten days tensions increased and a battle . . . Map (db m158345) HM
17 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — History of Chatham
Like all towns in the country, Chatham was very much involved in the Civil War. More than 264 men saw action on the battlefields, of whom 16 lost their lives. But the conflict had little effect on the way Chatham people lived their lives, as the . . . Map (db m158564) HM
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18 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — History of Chatham Lighthouse
The waters off Chatham are notoriously dangerous because of the treacherous shoals and currents. The need for lights to warn mariners was recognized in early days of the country, and in 1806, nine years after the erection of the first lighthouse on . . . Map (db m154912) HM
19 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — In Memory of the Pioneers of ChathamWilliam Nickerson
He came from Norwich England in 1637. He acquired from the Indians by a series of purchases prior to the year 1683 the greater part of the present Township then known as Monomoyick. He and his sons and sons-in-laws Robert Nickerson • Samuel . . . Map (db m68997) HM
20 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Operations BuildingChatham Marconi Maritime Center
Operations Building of the Marconi-RCA Wireless Station Built in 1914 for the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America Operated with distinction as Coastal Marine Station WCC, Chatham Radio from 1921 - 1997 In 1994 this . . . Map (db m159494) HM
21 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Original Prop
. . . Map (db m157614) HM
22 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Samuel De Champlain
The First White Man on these Shores Landed Here October 1606Map (db m71054) HM
23 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Site of First Settlers Home
The house of William Nickerson built about 1664, stood south 51 degrees west at a distance of 19 1/5 rods (about 105 yards) from this marker. He was the first settler in Monomoit where he purchased from the Indians most of what is now Chatham. . . . Map (db m157368) HM
24 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — Squanto, Indian Guide
Somewhere within gunshot of this stone lies the remains of Squanto, Indian guide, friend and counselor of the Plymouth Colony, who died in 1622 on the sloop “Swan” in Stage Harbor.Map (db m159026) HM
25 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — The 1914 Marconi Radio Station ComplexChatham Radio WCC – Receiving Station – Antenna Field Trail — Chatham Marconi Maritime Center —
Imagine what it was like at the turn of the 20th century, when ships left port with no way to communicate with land. On this trail, you will walk in the footsteps of pioneers in radio technology who created a wireless lifeline for those at sea. . . . Map (db m159332) HM
26 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — The Atwood School
At a meeting of the Chatham Historical Society in 1957, Ernest Eldridge recalled his days at the Atwood School in the late 19th century.
"I had my turn down at the Atwood School and there was two rooms, upstairs and down, at . . . Map (db m159226) HM
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27 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — The Battle of Chatham Harbor
Chatham’s only active hostilities during the Revolutionary War occurred in Chatham Harbor, near this site, on 20 June 1782. At sunrise, crew members from a British privateer were discovered in Chatham’s East Harbor, attempting to sail away . . . Map (db m78440) HM
28 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — The Godfrey Windmill
This wind powered grist mill was built in 1797 by Colonel Benjamin Godfrey on a hill by his home on Stage Harbor Road Overlooking the Mill Pond, where it served the growing needs of Chatham residents for corn meal, a staple among early . . . Map (db m159325) HM
29 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — The Josiah Mayo Housec. 1820 — Chatham Conservation Foundation, Inc. —
The Josiah Mayo House sits along Main Street across from the Town Hall, as it has since it was built nearly 200 years ago by Josiah himself, a blacksmith who came to town from Brewster. Although it’s been moved on the site – it originally . . . Map (db m166801) HM
30 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — 8 — The Mayflower Story
A group of Separatist from the Church of England, later named Pilgrims, left England for Holland in 1608 in settled in Leiden in 1609. After staying there for 11 years, the group sailed back to England on the ship Speedwell, where they joined by . . . Map (db m78321)
31 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — The Men Of Chatham
Erected In Honor of The Men of Chatham Who Left Their Daily Tasks Among Us to Serve Our Country During the World War ★ ★ 1917 – 1918 ★ ★ And In Memory Of Those Who Made The Extreme Sacrifice . . . Map (db m158572) WM
32 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — The Nickerson Family
William Nickerson, founder of Chatham, arrived in Salem in 1637 aboard the ship, John and Dorothy, with four children, his wife, Anne Busby and her parents. A weaver by trade, he left Norwich, England to escape the persecution of Bishop Wren of . . . Map (db m159035) HM
33 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — The Rescue of the Pendleton
One of the most spectacular small boat rescues on the east coast of the United States occurred on February 18, 1952. The tanker Pendleton broke in half off the coast of Chatham during a fierce Nor' caster storm. In blinding rain and sixty foot . . . Map (db m63406) HM
34 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — The Tisquantum (Squanto) Story
Tisquantum (also known as Squanto), the most famous Native American to encounter the Pilgrims, died near here in 1622, roughly 40 years before William and Anne (Busby) Nickerson established their homestead on this site. Born at Patuxet, a . . . Map (db m159031) HM
35 Massachusetts, Barnstable County, Chatham — U.S. Coast Guard Steel 44-Foot Motor Life Boat CG44301
Specifications Overall Length: 44ft. 1.5in. Maximum Beam: 12ft. 8in. Draft: 3ft. 6in. Displacement: 39,500lbs. Propulsion : Twin 185 horsepower diesel engines, with twin propellers and twin rudders Maximum Speed: 14 knots . . . Map (db m158423) HM
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Sep. 26, 2023