Welcome to Chatham! It’s a village with a gritty blue-collar industrial revolution history. There’s beauty in our buildings and on our streets, from the restored Richardson-inspired railroad station to the Victorian houses that line Hudson Avenue. Check out our Little League ballpark and the landmark Crandell Theatre — an old-style movie house still in operation — and you’ll see why Chatham is a great place for families. There’s a certain magic here, and we don’t use that word lightly. We’re proud of the fact that Chatham is a down-to-earth village with cultural resources you’d only expect to find in a much bigger place. Our business district has an array of specialty stores. Several art galleries. Yoga and fitness studios. Coffee shops and restaurants. So many of our village assets are within walking distance of our homes, giving children and adults easy access to Crellin Park, with its new skateboard park, and the Morris Memorial, which holds a monthly contradance. Also the historic village library, with its original wall-sized Tiffany window. So who lives here? We’re teachers and woodworkers, techies, nurses and architects. We work in shops and repair homes and run businesses. Our festivals run the gamut from Summerfest to FilmColumbia, an annual event that draws thousands of visitors and boasts an impressive roster of Oscar-winning hits, too. We’ve been home to the Columbia County Fair, held each Labor Day weekend, since 1852. And if you long for a peaceful walk in the woods close to home, just head over to Borden’s Pond Preserve, a 62-acre site in the heart of the village, maintained by the Columbia Land Conservancy. If you’ve been longing for community, a place to settle down and raise a family, or run a business, Chatham has it all. So, welcome again… and enjoy yourself.
– Tom Curran, Mayor of Chatham