As you know, this has been a quiet year for our board. The Water Street steps are built, the Chase Cottages are back serving deserving women of Philadelphia, and the town's purchase of the Eldredge garage is imminent.
Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to briefly explain the terms "The Village", "The Old Village" and the "National Register Historic District".
During the nineteenth and most of the twentieth centuries, the neighborhood from Chatham Harbor to the east, and both Mill Pond and Little Mill Pond to the west was known as " The Village". This area includes Mill Pond Road and Homestead Lane and ended at the beginning of Bridge Street. Like other Chatham neighborhoods, exact borders are undefined.
The Old Village Association was formed in 1997 by concerned residents, to preserve and protect the historic nature and architectural integrity of the Village. At this time, " The Village" came to be known as the "Old Village".
In 2002, part of the Old Village was placed in a National Register Historic District. This area includes buildings east of 359 Main Street to Bridge Street. Houses in this district were built prior to 1940 and were deemed contributing, and therefore, with the approval of owners, became subject to review from the Chatham Historical Commission and potentially the Cape Cod Commission. The area of the Old Village is not defined by the National Historic Register District but rather geographically includes the District.
The Old Village Association' s membership is open to all people who live in the area once known as the "The Village" as well as others interested in supporting our goals of preservation and protection of our historic neighborhood.
I wish you all a wonderful New Year and encourage you to communicate with me about any concerns or questions you may have.