With a charming downtown, wonderful schools and its own train station, what more could you ask for?
Chatham is a Morris County gem. With a charming downtown, wonderful schools and its own train station, what more could you ask for? Residents have strong town pride and ardently support the small town character of the neighborhood with annual events such as the Fishing Derby, a 4th of July parade and a sustainability fair. From June through November, a farmer’s market operates at the railroad station.
You may have heard of Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, collectively known as The Chathams. Though each municipality has its own local government, The Chathams share the middle and high schools, the library, emergency services and the train station.
So what’s the difference? If walkability to shops and restaurants is a priority, consider the 2.4 square mile Chatham Borough where the homes per block are more dense, generally sitting on smaller lots along sidewalk-lined streets.
If you prefer more space between homes and don’t mind a quick drive or bike ride down to the retail center, you may like Chatham Township. For commuters, a jitney is available to the train station.
The Noe Pond Club (pronounced No-ee) is a Chatham hallmark. Begun in 1955, the club is a beloved place for families to gather, swim, paddle, play tennis and enjoy its sandy beach.
In 2018, Bloomberg ranked Chatham as the 8th wealthiest place in NJ.
“Chatham” means a village of cottages.
Chatham was an active part of the Revolutionary War. At what today is the corner of Main Street and University Avenue, you can find the Liberty Pole, erected in support of American independence.
Chatham borders the Great Swamp Refuge which was established as a federal wilderness area in 1960.