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Welcome to the Official Chatham Historical Society website. This site intends to provide information to the public about the Chatham Historical Society’s upcoming events and programs with the purpose of bringing together people interested in the History of East Hampton, Cobalt, and Middle Haddam, Connecticut.
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Preserving East Hampton History

Established in 1963, The Chatham Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization with the purpose of preserving East Hampton Connecticut’s History. We believe that preserving historic places and events provides an essential link to our past, furthermore reminding us of who we are and where we came from.

The Chatham Historical Society Museum and School House are open to the public the first Sunday of each month from 2-4pm

Admission is always free. Donation are appreciated.

The Town of East Hampton Connecticut covers approximately 36 square miles, with a population of approximately 13,000 residents, with one of Connecticut’s largest inland water bodies, Lake Pocotopaug at 512 acres.  State parks and forests surround us on our northern, southern and western borders, along with the famous Comstock Bridge across the Salmon River.

Main Street East Hampton, Connecticut

Belltown USA

In the 19th century, East Hampton became the center of Bell Manufacturing. So many bells were made in East Hampton that the town was given the name Belltown USA. The first bell factory was constructed in 1808 by William Barton on Bevin Hill later renamed Barton Hill. During the 1800s, thirty firms were said to have built and run shops, or small factories producing bell and bell related products. The most prominent names include William Barton and the numerous Barton companies of his sons, Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Company, Starr Bros. Bell Co., The N. N. Hill Brass Co., The East Hampton Bell Co., Watrous Mfg. Co., Veazey and White, and Gong Bell.

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Notable East Hampton Landmarks

Lake Pocotopaug East Hampton, CT

Lake Pocotopaug

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Bevin Bell Factory

Bevin Bell

Historic Bell Factory
Comstock Bridge East Hampton,CT

Comstock Bridge

Covered Bridge
Air Line Trail State Park in East Hampton

Air Line Trail

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Bethlehem Lutheran Church​ – East Hampton, CT

Bethlehem Lutheran Church The Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 1 East High Street in East Hampton, Connecticut  was built in 1855-1856 by residents on the north side of town who wanted to separate from the East Hampton Congregational Church. The members of the...

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East Hampton Events Magazine

East Hampton Events • Quarter 3 • 2018 Michael Maniscalco - Town Manager Dear Residents, What a busy summer it has been. Old Home Days was a huge success as always with record attendance. Staff have worked hard to keep the streets and Sears Park maintained. Our...

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The Town of East Hampton Connecticut

Below is an excerpt from, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring Connecticut. A Town in Middlesex County The Town of East Hampton, Connecticut includes two villages: Middle Haddam and Cobalt. It is approx. 10 miles east of Middletown with a...

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Chatham Historical Society
6 Bevin Blvd
East Hampton, CT 06424

The Chatham Historical Society was established in 1963 and today operates a complex
which includes an 1840 one-room school house and a museum, opened in 2006.
The present museum houses artifacts and memorabilia
that tell the stories of East Hampton, Middle Haddam and Cobalt history.

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