The Chathams

Located in Morris County, Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, also known as The Chathams, have a bucolic, all-American feel. They have separate governments but share a school system.

A bucolic, all-American feel

Located in Morris County, Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, also known as The Chathams, have a bucolic, all-American feel. They have separate governments but share a school system. The Borough is the older section closer to quaint Main Street shopping and the NJ Transit train station. Properties in the Borough tend to be older and smaller with the potential for greater walkability. The Township has a more suburban feel with larger properties, including some high-end new construction. Residents are attracted to the community’s relatively low taxes, highly ranked school system and proximity to the recreational activities of the Great Swamp area.

The Vibe

Check out some of these places and websites to get a feel for Chatham’s unique vibe.

Unique to Town

  • The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a major watershed and a significant resting point for migratory birds. The park offers excellent hiking facilities that include trails, boardwalks, observation blinds, and naturalist exhibits displayed in its park office that are related to the swamp and its wildlife.
  • Two homes from colonial times still survive: The Paul Day house (24 Kings Rd) and the Daniel Bonnel house (34 Watchung Ave).

Numerous annual events celebrate and preserve Chatham’s small town character.

  • The Fishawack Festival was first celebrated in 1971 and is held at the beginning of summer to kick off the season. Local vendors sell food, clothing, toys and souveniers. Games and rides are provided for the children. Funds from the festival go to various community groups throughout Chatham.
  • The Fishing Derby at Kelley’s Pond is an annual event that has been held since 1962. The pond is stocked by the local fire department with live trout from a New Jersey fish hatchery. The event is open to kids under 14 and prizes are awarded.
  • The Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks symbolize life in “small town USA.” Community organizations march in the parade. The day is celebrated with picnics, neighborhood parties and fireworks.
  • The Green Fair is a festival to promote ideas to live a greener lifestyle. While vendors sell green products, entertainment and food is provided for guests.

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