Historic Walking Tour of Chatham, NY
We invite you to take a self-guided walking tour of Chatham, NY. First known as Groat’s Corners, the village of Chatham was incorporated in 1847 as Chatham Four Corners, and received its present name in 1869. From the 1850s to the 1950s, Chatham was an important main line station on the Boston & Albany. Five railway lines converged here and more than a hundred trains arrived and departed daily. Here’s the route.
Tracy Memorial Village Hall
Built in 1912, this outstanding building was a gift to the village from the Tracy family. It now houses the police department, clerk’s office, and judicial quarters. A handsome ballroom on the second floor is used for town and village court, special functions and meetings. 77 Main Street. Visit the Friends of the Tracy website.
Central Square Building
Built as the Park Hotel in 1815, and later known as the Windsor Hotel, it was a favorite of such luminaries as Harry Houdini and Teddy Roosevelt. The building had various uses including: cancer sanitarium, theatre, roller rink, factory, and furniture store. Central Square
Opened in 1926, it is one of the country’s few independently owned movie houses showing first-run films. 46-48 Main Street
Chatham Public Library
In 1902, a red oak was planted on this site. It is now the oldest Arbor Day tree in New York. The library was completed in 1905 with a $15,000 grant secured by John Wheeler and William Howland from Andrew Carnegie. In 1908 Wheeler’s widow donated an original Tiffany window titled “Instruction.” Woodbridge Avenue