Nickerson Family Association, Inc.
The Nickerson Family Association, Inc., 1107 Orleans Road, North Chatham, Mass., is devoted the history of Chatham's first settlers, William and Anne Nickerson. During August and September 2019 an archaeological dig will continue the excavation of William and Anne's c. 1664 homestead, the first homestead built by English settlers in Chatham. Visitors are welcome on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. when interpreters are on the dig site.
The NFA also runs The Caleb Nickerson Homestead, a restored classic Cape built c. 1829 and moved to the NFA campus in 2004. Craftsmen demonstrate Hands-On-History events on open hearth cooking, beehive oven baking, heirloom gardening and the fiber arts throughout the year. New this year are English high teas. Tour our house, period kitchen gardens and post & beam outhouse on Wednesdays in season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The primary goal of the NFA is to research and preserve Nickerson genealogical information. The Nickerson Genealogical Research Center, located on the NFA campus, maintains an extensive, growing collection of Nickerson records and memorabilia, based on over 100 years of research into the descendants of William and Anne Nickerson. Also here is a large library of Cape Cod history and genealogy. The Genealogical Research Center in the "Nick House" is open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon and by appointment. We have a gift shop featuring Nickerson paraphernalia, books and gifts.