Originally named Chatham, Old Chatham is one of the earliest settlements of the now larger town Chatham, est. 1795. It is the most equestrian of all Chatham hamlets and marked by a few businesses which include the 12136 Post Office, the Old Chatham Country Store (cafe/restaurant),
Jackson's Old Chatham House (restaurant), and The Old Chatham Sheepherding Company. The Wilbor House, also known as The Thompson Farm, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. The
Old Chatham Sheepherding Company is a 600-acre sheep dairy farm and the largest of its kind in the United States producing artisan cheeses and sheep’s milk yogurts. Old Chatham’s Camembert, Ewe’s Blue, Kinderhook Creek and sheep’s milk yogurts have since won numerous awards. They appear on restaurant menus and in the cheese cases of the best specialty food stores throughout the country.
Old Chatham Country Store & Café has long been a landmark in the village square of Old Chatham, nestled in New York's lush Hudson Valley. Stop by the café for breakfast or lunch, or grab any freshly-made house specialties to take with you on your Hudson Valley adventures.
The Café Gallery features the works of local artists which change every two months. Join the mailing list to get more information on the artists, show dates and opening receptions. The store stocks an assortment of grocery items, dry goods, local cheeses, ice cream, and dairy products from the area's finest farms.
The Café also carry salads, prepared frozen meals, and their very own chips and salsa cruda made fresh daily. On Saturdays & Sundays, leave the cooking to them and pre-order "Dinner-to-Go."
The Old Chatham Hunt Club Inc [OCHC] One of the oldest hunts in the nation was organized in 1928 and is recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association and National Beagle Club. Its goal is to cultivate and preserve a traditional country way of life in northern Columbia County. It fosters an appreciate of the land, a love of nature and a deeply rooted respect for the cunning and beauty of the wild creatures that inhabit the countryside. It is a unique hunt club in that it maintains hounds as well as beagles.