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Chatham is a town in Columbia County, New York, in the United States of America. The population was 4,128 at the 2010 census. The Town of Chatham has a village also called Chatham on its south town line. The town is at the north border of Columbia County. 



1       Geography

2       History

3       Demographics

4       Politics

5       Education

6       Economy and employment

7       Transportation

8       Places of interest

9       Architecture

10     Arts

11      Shopping and dining

12      Nightlife

13      Media

14      Notable residents

15      External links



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 53.5 square miles (138.7 km²), of which, 53.3 square miles (138.0 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (0.50%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Rensselaer County, New York. The north end of the Taconic State Parkway is in the town and Interstate 90 passes through the town. New York State Route 66 and New York State Route 203 intersect in the town.


Depot Square, 1917

Village of Chatham, 1974

The early settlers were Dutch, but later Quakers and New Englanders arrived. The Town of Chatham was formed from the Towns of Canaan and Kinderhook in 1795. Contrary to its current bucolic ambience, Chatham was an industrial center in the early 1900s, serving as the junction of the Boston and Albany Railroad for connections east and west, the Rutland Railroad for connections to the north to Vermont and the New York Central‘s Harlem Line for connections to New York City. In 1887 a terminal designed by Henry Hobson Richardson was constructed. Today, Amtrak service on the Lake Shore Limited passes through, east-west, but does not stop. 


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,249 people, 1,762 households, and 1,196 families residing in the town. The population density was 79.8 people per square mile (30.8/km²). There were 2,110 housing units at an average density of 39.6 per square mile (15.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.00% White, 1.74% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

There were 1,762 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 33.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,234, and the median income for a family was $60,097. Males had a median income of $40,067 versus $26,452 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,599. About 4.8% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.



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Chatham Union Station

Chatham Union Station – The central landmark of the village of Chatham, the only mainline Boston and Albany Railroad station to survive in Columbia County was constructed in 1887 to the designs of the Boston architectural firm of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, following the principles of their mentor, the eminent and prodigious Henry Hobson Richardson, who had designed three other stations for the line in the style known as Richardson Romanesque. The 100 x 35-foot, single story rectangular block station has a 220-foot canopy, employing granite ashlar blocks for the principal mass, with details in contrasting red sandstone. The slate bellcast hip roof is accented with four large dormers, those on the two ends incorporating large round-arched windows; those on the station’s long façades having five-part window openings separated by stone lintels and quoins. An operator’s bay extending from the center of the trackside façade provided a commanding view of train operations. The station is now a bank.

Queen Anne house, Payn Avenue – The Queen Anne Revival had nothing to do with Queen Anne, who reigned in England at the turn of the 18th century. It was simply a promoter’s moniker for a new style with towers, turrets and wrap-around porches. Colored pattern books sold the idea across the nation in the 1890s. Queen Anne houses are primarily found in villages, like this one in Chatham, and rarely as farmhouses. The large “piazza,” later “verandah,” and now “porch” were popularized during a period of prosperity, new-fangled labor-saving domestic appliances, and quiet horse-powered transportation. 


Crandell Theatre


Mac-Haydn Theatre

Shopping and dining

Main Street

The Chatham Bookstore

Our Daily Bread

The Blue Plate restaurant

Old Chatham Store


Peint O Gwrw


The Chatham Courier

The Chatham Courier – Founded in 1862 by Delos Sutherland of South Adams, Mass. Sold in 1970 to the (Hudson) Register-Star.

Notable residents

Former Congressman Evan Rugen is rumored to have bought a property on the scenic “Crellin Lake”.

Dr. Ward Stone born 1938, Spencertown NY, former NYS wildlife pathologist.

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