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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Alice Conklin Bevin
Alice Conklin Bevin

December 21, 2019 In The East Hampton Community Room at 1:00The Chatham Historical Society and East Hampton Library are co-sponsoring a talk by Debbie Day & Carol Morris, on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 1 pm at the East Hampton Library Community Room at 105 Main St. in...

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Strong’s Pavilion
Strong’s Pavilion

It All Began With Guy StrongIn 1885 Guy Strong bought one plus acres from Lyman Oliver Wells.  Strong was a trapper, a guide to hunters and a fisherman, well known in Connecticut.  He started a boating and fishing camp. By 1900 Guy had a building with supplies plus an...

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Fall History Festival 2019
Fall History Festival 2019

Fall History Festival Sunday, October 6th from 12-3pm This Years Fall History Festival will be Honoring The Bevin Bell Co. loacted in East Hampton, CT Celebrating 187 Years   PHOTO CAPTION- The 7th Annual "Chatham History Festival" will honor The Bevin Bell Co....

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Chatham Historical Society
6 Bevin Blvd
East Hampton, CT 06424

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The Official East Hampton, CT Historical Society Website

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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