Chatham is in Morris County approximately 14 miles west of Newark. Chatham homes built in the early 1900s are available for those who want historic homes.
In 1728 an early settler, John Day, built a bridge across the Passaic River and opened a tavern in the area. The village of Day’s Bridge with mills, a blacksmith and a church was established in the area. The village was named Chatham in 1773 after Sir William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. Pitt, the Prime Minister of England, was revered as a champion of the American colonies in their struggle against King George Ill’s tax policies. The small town’s population increased after the Revolutionary War. Farmers began traveling on a road through the area, and railroad tracks were built in Chatham in 1837. Chatham Borough was established in 1897.
There are ball fields, a picnic area and a playground at Shepard Kollock Park. Those who enjoy the water can visit the pool at Memorial Park or picnic in Stanley Park next to the river. Boat owners can use the boat launch at Shepard Kollock Park. People who enjoy hiking can hike on trails near the parks.
The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts is located approximately two miles away in Madison and the Miller-Cory House Museum approximately six miles away in Westfield.
The Francis Byrne Golf Course in West Orange is approximately seven miles from Chatham Borough real estate.
Shoppers will enjoy visiting the upscale department stores and designer boutiques in The Mall at Short Hills approximately two miles away in Short Hills.
A parade and fireworks are part of the annual Fourth of July celebration. The Small Fry Trout Fishing Derby is held in the spring. Children under age 14 can catch trout in Kelley’s Pond during this two-day event. Live music, food and children’s activities are part of the Fishawack Festival in June. The festival’s website is fishawackfestival.com.