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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.

Historic Landmarks

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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Guided Tour of Paul and Sandy’s Too

September 15th 2018 @ 3:00 The Chatham Historical Society is organizing a walking tour of Paul’s and Sandy’s, Too Garden Center at 93 East High St. in East Hampton on Saturday, September 15 at 3:00pm Visitors will learn the history of the garden center and tour its...

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Historic House Tour

September 29, 2018      The Chatham Historical Society’s Biennial House Tour will be held on September 29, 2018 from 10am – 4pm. Tickets are on sale now for $20.00 and can be purchased at the Town Clerks Office in the Town Hall and at the East Hampton Library. The day...

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Air Line Trail Ghost Run

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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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