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Chatham, New York, USA - The Falls, East Chatham, N.Y.

The early settlers were Dutch, but later Quakers and New Englanders arrived. The town of Chatham was formed from the towns of Canaan and Kinderhook in 1795. Contradictory of its current condition or image, Chatham was an industrial center of multiple inter-state rail lines in the early 1900s, including the junction of the Boston and Albany Railroad for connections east and west, the Rutland Railroad for connections to Vermont to the north, and the New York Central's Harlem Line for connections to New York City.


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The Falls, East Chatham, N.Y.
Chatham, New York, USA

The Falls, East Chatham, N.Y.
First Reform Church, Chatham, N.Y.
Chatham, New York, USA

First Reform Church, Chatham, N.Y.
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Chatham, New York, USA

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1895 - Chatham
Chatham, a post-township of Columbia co., N.Y., is intersected by Kinderhook Creek and the Boston & Albany and Harlem Extension Railroads. It contains post-villages named Chatham, North Chatham, East Chatham, Chatham Centre, Chatham Village, &c. Total pop. 4501.

Chatham, a post-village of Columbia co., N.Y., in Chatham township, on the Harlem Extension Railroad, 133 miles N. of New York. It has a church, a furnace, a saw min, and a grist-mill. Pop. about 200.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1900 - Chatham
The territory comprising the town of Chatham is made up in the western part of a portion of the Kinderhook patent and other smaller grants, and the eastern section belonged to the domains of the Van Rensselaer patent. The Patroon had never caused the boundary lines of his estate to be surveyed until some years after settlement had begun by squatters. As a result, contention arose, not only between the settlers and the Patroon, but also between the legal tenants under both grants, and the squatters, who claimed the lands under sovereign rights, or by right of possession.

Finally, it was decided by the settlers to petition the king for a recognition of their claims, and on May 15 of that year a memorial was prepared, in which it was asked that a committee composed of Elijah Hudson, Joseph Wood, Samuel Wheeler, Barret Dwyer and Isaac Mills be appointed as attorneys for the squatters to confer with royal commissioners in settling the controversy and securing, if possible, the claimants ... Read MORE...

Chatham, a post-township (town) of Columbia co., N.Y., is intersected by Kinderhook Creek. It contains villages named Chatham (in part), North Chatham, East Chatham, and Chatham Center. Pop. in 1900, 3537.

Chatham, a post-village of Columbia co., N.Y., in Chatham and Ghent townships (towns), on the Boston and Albany, the New York Central and Hudson River, and the Chatham and Lebanon Valley Rs., 127 miles N. of New York. It has manufactures of machinery, paper, barrels, and shirt*. Pop. in 1900, 2018. Chatham or Chatham Village was formerly known as Chatham Pour Corners.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Chatham:
Chatham Brewing:

Start your exploration with a visit to Chatham Brewing, a local craft brewery. They often have a rotating selection of beers, and it's a great spot to relax with friends.

The Crandell Theatre:

Catch a movie at the historic Crandell Theatre. This classic cinema has been entertaining locals and visitors since 1926 and is a perfect spot for film enthusiasts.

Ooms Conservation Area:

If you're a nature lover, head to the Ooms Conservation Area. This beautiful nature reserve offers hiking trails, birdwatching, and a chance to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the outdoors.

Blue Plate Restaurant:

Enjoy a delicious meal at the Blue Plate, a popular local eatery. Known for its cozy atmosphere and diverse menu, it's a great place to try some farm-to-table dishes.

Borden’s Pond Conservation Area:

Another outdoor gem, Borden's Pond Conservation Area, provides more hiking trails and opportunities for picnics. The scenic views make it a wonderful... Read MORE...

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