Chatham, MA —
The story of a local family

How many small towns in America can say they have been the centerfold of National Geographic magazine? Or how about the famous Red Sox legend, Ted Williams throwing out the first pitch on the 4th of July? Or the Discovery TV Channel filming here for Shark Week?
 
Chatham, MA can!

Ever heard the Patti Page hit, “Old Cape Cod?” “If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air, church bells ringing on a Sunday morn, you sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod..” First penned as a poem by a Boston housewife on a Cape Cod beach during her summer vacation, it soon became part of Patti Page’s famous song. Not long after in 1962, Ted Williams, the famous Red Sox player, was the guest of honor at our 250th anniversary, throwing out the first pitch at Chatham’s 4th of July baseball league game.
 
It doesn’t get much better than what we have to offer in Chatham. Family BBQs, friends visiting to make memories for life, digging clams, winter sunsets at the town landings, boating, fishing, or just walking the beach in the morning with coffee collecting shells. I know the feeling exactly.

"When I cross the Bridges at the Cape Cod Canal and feel my blood pressure drop, I take a big deep breath of salt air and say…yes I have arrived!"

Life is good, Cape Cod is a world unto itself…and YES, that is good!
 
As a Chatham native and 12th- generation direct descendent from 1600’s Nickerson founder of Chatham, this song is in my bones and salt water runs in my blood. I grew up in North Chatham running through the fields and salt marshes, swimming, fishing and sailing around Chatham harbor and Pleasant Bay. When I hear Patti Page’s ‘Old Cape Cod,’ I think of my “great-grand-grammas” stories of sailing with her father, Captain Taylor on his China Clipper in the 1800’s. Grampa Edwards digging in his specially-deeded quahog bed or riding his bike to Boston on dirt roads. Gramma and Grampa Nick running the old Harbor Inn, a summer hotel with timeless family recipes being served in the dining room, probably by me or one of my cousins. My Dad played saxophone in the Chatham Bank for 60 years. Chatham is “(Norman) Rockwellian” to it’s core.
 
As for my 12th-generation family history, I am the building chairperson for our Nickerson Family genealogical Society building. We have a nonprofit Nickerson Family Association, with reunions every year where they come from all over the country. Our library of genealogical records was in a private home of an elderly member and we had to find a permanent building to house it all. So as a realtor, I did a search and back in the early 1990's we bought a piece of land in Chatham Port, near the original cabin of William and Anne Nickerson. We built a house which is now a working library and another antique home houses the working museum and garden, both on this property. We have recently been part of an archeological dig that has gleamed clay pipes and blacksmith artifacts and Indian pieces, so we realize we are now actually housed on the original land of the founder. Quite amazing! It is very exciting. They were the progenitors of over 50,000 Nickersons now because they had 10 children that lived, 8 of them boys.

Featured Listings

16 MacMillan Pier, Provincetown, MA

$10,500,000
Over 400 feet of DEEPWATER DOCK space. Where else on Cape Cod can you buy a 4 bedroom home and dock your 125' luxury yacht? (Hint: it doesn't exist!)This is your opportunity to own one of the most iconic, valuable & unique properties on the East Coast. There's not enough hyperbole in the thesaurus to describe the ever-changing water views from every window at 16 McMillan Wharf. Currently listed at a 76% discount to recent *Non-waterfront home sold in Provincetown. Massive arbitrage opportunity. Luxury renovation would add tremendous value. We've included virtual designs to peak your curiosity. This mixed use property also generates a healthy income stream. Experience sunrise and sunset over the water, whales breaching, migrating water fowl, world class dining, world-class fishing, the natural beauty of storm clouds traversing the sky, dappled morning light, sandy beaches, bike paths and hiking trails. Bring your yacht, architect, creative genius & immerse your friends & family in a waterfront experience that truly doesn't exist elsewhere. We strongly suggest you experience 16 McMillan wharf in person. Buyers & buyers agents to verify all information.

54 Union Street, Nantucket (Town), MA

$13,995,000
Generational Compound opportunity to own 3 contiguous lots, zoned Commercial Neighborhood, with sweeping harbor views, on a private street mile from town. Assemblage looks over town pier and Francis Street beach kayak rentals, with the soon to be moved Senior Center between it. Great Harbor Yacht Club borders to the East. Rare to see a Commercially zoned, water view, walk to town, with 8600 sq ft of ground cover allowed on 18,723 sq ft of land. Current parcels include a beautiful 4/3.5 main house, a garage with 1 bedroom apartment above it, and two structures to be moved or taken down on independent buildable lots on Union Street side to either merge into a family compound, or develop into a water view hotel by right. Property viewshed already has 14 properties that have been acquired by the town or the Land Bank, with well publicized plans for enhancements.

110 Valley Rd., Plymouth, MA

$11,995,000
Welcome to Camp Bournedale!!! This camp started in 1929 (many of the cabins and structures date back to that time period) and has been under the watchful eye of its current management since 1939. The property has approximately 10 acres of land and is located on beautiful Great Herring Pond ( AKA Lake Manomet, a 428 acre Great pond with 21ft average depth), great for fishing, boating & other water sports. With 495 frontage on the lake, 70'x60' dock, 5000+ sf lawn area (fantastic for weddings) this is the perfect location for a water front camp or resort. The 15 cabins are perfectly situated on a knoll overlooking the lake, surrounding a 9912 sf 150 person function facility (w/commercial kitchen) & easy access to the water. There are 6 homes (Herring house, Swan house, beach house, hockey house, Greta's house & main office), a gymnasium, separate indoor pool building, 5 tennis courts or pickleball courts, 2 basketball courts, large ball fields and plenty of parking for all on this site

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