Est. 1759, East Chatham is located between Canaan and Chatham, and is a hamlet of Chatham. It is at the crossroads of Interstate 90, a railroad line, and the Taconic State Parkway. State Route 295 traverses the hamlet east to west, and is a main artery into the Berkshire Mountains.
Whether for a day trip or extended stay, you are sure to delight in this beautiful region of the Hudson Valley. East Chatham is six miles west of pristine Queechy Lake, and only one mile further to the Berkshire line at Richmond Massachusetts.
Hancock Shaker Village is northeast of East Chatham and a wonderful place to experience history firsthand. Hancock Shaker Village began in the late 1780s when nearly 100 believers created a community on land donated by farmers sharing the same beliefs. By the 1830s, the Shaker community peaked in population with more than 300 followers and 3,000 acres.
The 1826 Round Stone Barn was center of a thriving dairy industry. The Hancock Shakers cultivated many acres into medicinal herbs, vegetables, fruits as well as other crops, and lived a peaceful, hard-working life governed by their own principles. They named their village "City of Peace" and organized themselves into 6 smaller communal groups known as Families for efficiency of work and worship.
A little farther down the road enjoy an exceptional cultural experience at Tanglewood in beautiful Lenox Massachusetts. A group of music-loving Berkshire summer residents arranged for members of the New York Philharmonic to perform three outdoor concerts at Interlocken in August 1934.
The Festival Committee invited Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra to take part the following year. The BSO gave its first concert August 13, 1936. The three-concert series took place under a large tent for an audience of nearly 15,000. The BSO has had many Music Directors since, but it was Serge Koussevitzky who helped Tanglewood develop into the premier, worldly music festival it is today.
Plan a visit to this exceptional area and take in a live performance at any of the many venues available. Dinner and a show are always good for the soul.
Visit Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Mac-Haydn Theatre, Ghent Playhouse, PS21, Omi Arts Int'l, Club Helsinki, Blue Plate, Crandell Theatre, Time & Space Ltd., Spencertown Academy, and others.