Cape Cod is a region full of beauty and history. Along with their picture-perfect beaches, many of the villages stretched out on the peninsula have historic Cape Cod MA attractions that are definitely worth incorporating into your plans. Chatham, a popular tourist town at the southeastern tip of the Cape, is one community that has specifically been dedicated to the preservation of several notable landmarks and buildings. One place that is particularly of importance is the Caleb Nickerson House.
Why the Caleb Nickerson House is Significant
As a descendant of William Nickerson, the founder and first settler of Chatham, Caleb Nickerson is part of a family lineage that holds substantial significance in the town’s history. The Caleb Nickerson House was built in the 1800s and is a great representative of New England architecture for that time period. It has been kept in immaculate condition and is now open to the public as a working museum.
Walking through the house, you will step back in time as you catch glimpses of people dressed in clothing appropriate to the past era while they work on their daily chores the same as they would have in the 19th century. This may include things like cooking on an open hearth, woodworking, and heirloom gardening. An artifact exhibit is also on display. There are guides available to answer questions and explain a little more about the history of Chatham and the role the home played in it.
Since being moved from its original location site in the Stage Harbor area of the village, the home has come to rest on Route 28 in Chathamport where it overlooks Ryder’s Cove. A number of fun and educational events are held at the museum throughout the year that all are welcome to attend.
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Nickerson Research Center
1107 Orleans Road
North Chatham, MA
Tel: (508) 945-6086