Caleb Nickerson Homestead
2022 Programs

For outdoor events please bring a sun hat. Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted.

Wed., June 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Caleb Nickerson Homestead Opens for 2022 season with guided tours.

Sat. June 18: Chatham History Weekend, NFA Grounds Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Celebrate our 125th Anniversary! Caleb Nickerson Homestead open for self-guided tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Talks:, 11a.m. Robert Nickerson on the flaking and restoration of the c. 1695 barn; Noon Gary Nickerson on the excavation of William and Anne’s c. 1664 homestead; 1 p.m. Beekeepers Mark & Kathleen Francis on Colonial beekeeping.

Sat., Aug. 20, 1 p.m.: The Secret Garden Treasure Hunt. Find a floral arrangement!

Sat., Sept. 17, 1 p.m.: Talk on Historic Endicott Pear Tree. The Endicott Pear, planted in Danvers, Mass., between 1632 and 1649, is believed to be the oldest living cultivated fruit tree in North America. Sonny will speak to the special meaning of pears in Colonial history.

Sat., Oct. 22, 1 p.m.: Create a Halloween Centerpiece, and hear “The Raven.” Join us for a spooky reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1845 poem and make your own Halloween flower arrangement. Cider and cookies will be served. Pre-registration required.

Sat., Nov. 19, 1 p.m.: Make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration required.

Sat., Dec. 3, 1 to 4 p.m.: Annual Holiday Hearthside Open House. Join us for a wonderful start to the holiday season. Bring mittens for our third annual Mitten Tree. All mittens go to the Chatham Children’s Fund.

Sat., Dec. 10, 1 p.m.: Create a Holiday Centerpiece in the beautifully-decorated Caleb Nickerson Homestead. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration required.

January 2023: TBA Colonial Cooking Club, Beehive Oven Event. Pre-registration required. Email for club membership.

All hands-on floral programs will be led by Sonny Gada of Chatham. Sonny has been a floral designer and horticulturist for over 50 years. His floral arrangements have been featured in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts annual event “Art in Bloom.” He has also created his own local C3TV show “Sonny’s Floral Show.” A teacher and lecturer, Sonny brings a unique approach to floral arranging, approaching it as an art, and using all of nature as his palette.

Preregistration will be required for the hands-on programs beginning with Aug. 20 as space is limited.