It is always fun to take a drive to Chatham during the holidays. The restaurants, stores and storefronts are so festive with holiday decorations. You can see their annual Christmas Tree decorating exhibit in Kate Gould Park as well as along Main St.
One of my favorite places to visit is Chatham Light. And this year it was especially beautiful with the blue sky in the background.
The first lighthouse on Cape Cod was erected in 1797 in Truro with a lighthouse in Chatham being approved by Congress in 1806. Chatham Light is needed because of the treacherous shoals and currents in the area. It’s a pretty fascinating story that you can read on the plaque if you visit the lighthouse or online. There were many different lighthouses before the present one stayed.
We have driven by the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center many times on our way to Chatham but had never stopped in. What a gem!
“In 1914, Guglielmo Marconi built a high powered wireless station in Massachusetts. The receivers were here in Chatham. Our museum tells the story of Marconi, whose company built the station, and how the station’s Morse code operators were able to communicate with ships across the world even a hundred years ago. And it tells the story of the secret role that the station played during WWII.”
There is so much to see and learn at the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum. What a wonderful place for adults as well as children! You can self-guide yourself through the museum or listen to some of the well-informed guided talks by their dedicated volunteers.
We could have stayed for hours! It is so interesting and a definite to visit if you’re on Cape Cod!
“Sharks in the Park” are back in Chatham on Cape Cod!
This summer, fifty-four merchants in town sponsored 4′ long sharks for the town’s “Shark in the Park” activities. Various businesses teamed up with artists who painted or created sharks that are on display around town from May through the end of August, so you still have time to see them!
Each shark has a different theme and is so unique! I loved this one of Fenway Stadium. It was so cool!
The CG 36500 is back at the dock at Rock Harbor in Orleans for the summer. We had the privilege of being the first ones on it the other day with wonderful stories told by Richard.
The CG 36500 is the original boat from the Disney movie, “The Finest Hours.” It is a true story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue and is based on the book, “The Finest Hours” by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman.
It’s so cool because this daring rescue took place off of Chatham here on Cape Cod. If you haven’t seen the movie, it is well worth it and so educational for the kids!
I love the steep sand dunes and rocks at Morris Island in Chatham on Cape Cod. It is a gorgeous place to hike or just take a walk, whether you meander through the woods or stay on the pristine beaches.
It doesn’t get much prettier than this!
The hike at Morris Island in Chatham on Cape Cod is so pretty. You can see the steep steps that lead down to the pristine beach.
Don’t forget your binoculars as there are sure to be some interesting things to see along the trail and beach!