Introduction to Chatham, New Jersey
The Native American tribe of Lenni-Lenapes were the original inhabitants of present day Chatham. It was originally part of Morris Township, and was first settled by Europeans in 1710. The settlers were attracted to the area because it was an important crossing of the Passaic River, and was also in close proximity to the Watchung Mountains. In 1773, the community was named "Chatham" in honor of William Pitt, the earl of Chatham. Chatham Township, which was formed on February 12, 1806, included the community of Chatham and several other villages. The original settlement of Chatham was incorporated as a village on August 19, 1892. On March 1, 1897, it was reincorporated as a borough. In 2005, Money Magazine named Chatham as "One of the Top Ten Places to Live in the United States".
Chatham and Nearby Attractions
- Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
- Grover Cleveland Birthplace
- Cheesequake State Park
- Bergen County Zoological Park
- Glen Rock Arboretum
Things To Do In Chatham
Exhibits at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts depict the lifestyles of people and the historical heritage of pre-industrial New Jersey. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum, and Morris Museum are also near Chatham. There are several places of historic interest within 10 miles including the Edison National Historic Site, Liberty Hall, Grover Cleveland Birthplace, and Morristown National Historical Park. Hickory Tree Shopping Center, and Livingston and Short Hills Malls are shopping centers in the area. The community also hosts the annual Chatham Fest in June.
The closest major airport is Newark Liberty International Airport.
Chatham Higher Education
Colleges close to Chatham are Drew University, Union County College, Seton Hall University, and Kean University.