Chatham has a number of points of interest enticing any visitor to stop and take a look around. First and foremost, it is home to one of the largest National Wildlife Refuges in the state.
The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center has a rich history and a diverse collection of plants and animals living in this popular 7,500-acre refuge. Its eastern section, the Wilderness Area, offers more than eight miles of pristine trails, while the western half, the Wildlife Management Area, is managed and maintained as a superior environment for plants and animals. The Observation Center provides trails and informational displays while yet another section of the refuge is home to a rehabilitation facility for birds.
Children and adults are encouraged to participate in the programs sponsored by the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center and the Environmental Center. Back in town, visitors can enjoy shopping and dining, and a walk through the historic part of town. Tourists can view several historic homes, including one on Main Street, built circa 1745, and believed to be General Washington's quarters for a brief period of time in August of 1781.
Today, it is home to the restaurant Scalini Fedeli. Other homes on Main Street include the Captain William Day house, now home to the Wallpaper Cottage. The house still has intact the beehive oven Captain Day used two centuries ago. Also worth mentioning are the Dusenberry house, a Greek Revival which is now the law offices of Barnes and Barnes, PC; the George T. Parrot house, an impressive Federal dwelling, currently the charming Parrot Mill Inn, Bed & Breakfast; and the Dr. George Swain Office building, home to Cafe Beethoven and Siegel Architects. While enjoying a visit to Chatham, lodging accommodations found in and around Chatham include the Parrot Mill Inn, the Hilton at Short Hills, and the Grand Summit Hotel.
Every other June, Chatham celebrates "The Fishawack Festival," which is a giant street fair with crafters, vendors, entertainment, and children's activities honoring the historic river crossing along the Minisink trail. "The Fishawack Run," is a race held annually, planned to coincide with "The Fishawack Festival" on festival years. Thousands of people celebrate Independence Day in Chatham. The Chatham Fire Department sponsors a Parade and Fireworks Display on July 4th. The volunteer firefighters organize the parade down Main Street featuring dozens of units, including bands, floats, and community organizations, culminating with an evening of spectacular fireworks.
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