Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2021

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Page 66 of 131 65 over the centuries, there is one gallery with por- traits of notable sea captains of the 19th cen- tury, along with stories of their lives at sea, as well as a maritime gallery featuring paintings of Chatham ships, their masters and nautical equipment that would have been used. One of the galleries is devoted to the history of fishing in the Chatham area and traces the evolution of the fishing industry on Cape Cod through ob- jects, paintings, and photographs. Hundreds of interesting antiques are displayed in the 17 display rooms, providing something for all art lovers, history buffs, students, and lovers of Chatham and Cape Cod. THE CHATHAM RAILROAD MUSEUM The Railroad Museum is located in the beauti- fully restored Old Chatham Railroad Company station on Depot Road. Listed in the National Register of Historical Places, this building is over 100 years old and sits on its original site. It served the town for over fifty years from 1887 to 1937. The exhibits, starting with a relic of the first commercial railroad in the U.S. in 1826, include hundreds of items of historical significance in the railroad field, plus models and objects which never fail to interest visitors. A 1910 wooden caboose, the gift of the New York Central System, has been fully restored and is open for all to enjoy. Open from mid- June to mid-September, the free museum is very child friendly. CHATHAM FISH PIER The Chatham Fish Pier, at the corner of Shore Road and Barcliff Avenue on Aunt Lydia's Cove, is a constant source of interest to sum- mer visitors. The members of the fishing fleet make their run each suitable day to the fish- ing grounds from 3 to 100 miles off Chatham. Their catch consists of haddock, cod, flounder, lobster, pollack, dogfish and halibut. The fresh fish is placed in ice and transported in refriger- ated trucks to New York, Boston, New Bedford, and local markets, arriving less than 24 hours from the time it is taken from the ocean. The boats start returning to the pier shortly after noon, depending upon the tide. While at the pier, you are almost certain to see a seal. • The Chatham Railroad Museum Email: • Website: Email: • Website:

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