The first Chatham Historical Society Historical Home Plaque under the Dani McCulloch Adopt-A-House program was presented to Daniel and Carolyn McCarthy of 91 Fairmount Avenue in May of 2011.
Launched in 2010, the Historical Plaque program originated with the enthusiasm of the late Dani McCulloch. The program was conceived to commemorate historic homes and to give special recognition to Chatham homes that are 100 years or older. Through the Adopt-A-House program, the McCarthy’s home was researched. When completed, the Plaque Committee and the Adopt-a-House Committee reviewed the research and an on-site visit was made. The home was deemed eligible for the first recognition marker displaying the date the home was built.
The McCarthy’s home is one of the most recognizable homes in the Borough. Built in 1876, it is remarkably well preserved with many original features and enhancements from a 1929 renovation. The owners, up to and including the McCarthys, have taken great care to maintain the architectural integrity of the home, inside and out. Through the Adopt-A-House research, the rich history of the home and its prominent early owners was discovered.
The Society invites anyone who would like to research the history of their home to contact the Adopt-a-House Chair. Interested residents will receive an Adopt-a-House packet to be completed with the required research. When the Plaque Committee and the Adopt-a-House Committee have reviewed the property, the homeowner will have the opportunity to obtain a beautiful historical plaque to display on their home. Through this program, the Society hopes to encourage residents to help preserve the architecture and history of Chatham Borough.