CHS Museum

Preserving East Hampton History Since 1963
Chatham Historical Society Museum

Artifacts and Memorabilia

The Chatham Historical Society Museum is jam packed with Historic Artifacts from Middle Haddam, Cobalt, and East Hampton History.  The CHS Museum highlights include an extensive Bevin Bell collection dating back to the early 1800s; Connecticut shipbuilding portrayal dating back to the 1700s; Indian Arrowheads found around Lake Pocotopaug; Antique Toys made by The Gong Bell Manufacturing Company and Watrous Manufacturing Company and so much more.

The Chatham Historical Society Museum and School House are both  located at 6 Bevin Blvd in the Town of East Hampton, CT and is open to the public the first Sunday of each month from 2-4pm.

For special appointments please contact us

Featured Exhibits

A sneak peak at our Museum Exhibits

Gong Bell Museum Exhibit in East Hampton, CT

Gong Bell

The Gong Bell Manufacturing Company  manufactured the first foot bell used on automobiles.

N.N. Brass Mill Fatory East Hampton COnnecticut

N.N. Brass Hill

N.N. Brass Hill  developed the handlebar bell found on bicycles throughout the 20th century.

Bevin Bell Factory

Bevin Bell

Bevin Bell Factory is the only remaining bell manufacturer in East Hampton, CT and still remains in the Bevin family.

Wangunk Indian Tribe Museum Display

Wangunk Tribe

The first people, that called East Hampton, Middletown, and Portland, CT home.

Historic East Hampton, CT Museum

Chestnut Hill School House

The Chestnut Hill School House at 6 Bevin Blvd was previously located on Chestnut Hill and was one of a series of “district” or close to home schools which dotted East Hampton’s map during the 1800’s, and which preceded the days of road transportation as we now know it. The Chestnut Hill school house was donated to The Chatham Historical Society by Joseph and Ann Terp Walters, dismantled in 1980, then moved and reconstructed on a half-acre Bevin Boulevard parcel donated by the family of Chauncey Bevin in 1965.

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CT River Kayak
CT River Kayak

Sunday September 18th 2022The Chatham Historical Society and East Hampton Parks and Rec are sponsoring a leisurely kayak paddle from Hamburg Cove in Hamburg,Connecticut to the Baldwin Bridge in Old Lyme, on Saturday, September 18. Paddlers can meet at the parking lot...

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Hurd State Park Walk
Hurd State Park Walk

Hurd State Park WalkThe Chatham Historical Society (CHS) is organizing a hike at Hurd State Park on Sunday, July 11th at 10 am as part of its “Explore East Hampton” monthly series of walks. Come for a hike and learn history of Hurd State Park. The walk is sponsored by...

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2020 Antique Appraisal Day
2020 Antique Appraisal Day

Antique Appraisal Day 2021 Saturday, March 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Chatham Historical Society will host its 25th annual Antique Appraisal Day  at the East Hampton Town Hall, 1 Community Drive Dr. Verbal Evaluations The Chatham Historical Society only provides...

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Chatham Historical Society
6 Bevin Blvd
East Hampton, CT 06424

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This site intends to provide information to the public about the Chatham Historical Society’s upcoming Calendar of Events and Programs with the purpose of bringing together people interested in the History of Cobalt, Middle Haddam, and East Hampton, Connecticut.

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