The Chathams

When CNN and Money magazine ranked Chatham ninth on its list of The 100 Best Places to Live in the United States in 2005, they described it as more like a "small" New England town than a bustling Big Apple "burb." Indeed, Chatham's vintage architecture, strategic location 25 miles from Manhattan and abiding sense of community make it a desirable destination in southeastern Morris County.

Chatham Borough and Chatham Township share a common heritage and are sometimes jointly referred to as The Chathams. Although the two are actually separate municipalities, they do share a library, school district and post office.

Cultural opportunities in Chatham include historical, art, garden and musical groups, as well as the facilities and programs at neighboring Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson universities. A stroll down Main Street reveals many restored and converted buildings, as well as more modern facilities. While the Borough occupies approximately 2.3 miles and is described as having a village feel, the Township, which is more spread out, approximately 9.1 miles, has no equivalent of Main Street and businesses are located mostly at Hickory Tree Mall.

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