House circa 1870
This home was
purchased by Loren "Skip" Burnham in 1945 after he was discharged
from the Navy as a decorated veteran. He returned to Old
Chatham and purchased this house in 1946.
and after his
Skip sold this
house and purchased the "Shaker Meeting Hall" and remodeled it and
lived there. He
purchased the "Riders Mills School House" to store his lumber in it
while remodeling the "Shaker House". The following
picture is of the Shaker Meeting House when it was abandoned and
used for a corn crib. Notice the corn on the screened porch.
marker on the road leading to the house, circa 1950.
The sign reads
Friends Meeting House built in 1777
First in Columbia County
photos were contributed by Joan Phelps, niece of Loren "Skip"
Burnham who remember visiting one summer while he was starting to
rebuild it. He had jacked up and ran a bull dozer under to
make a basement. While Skip lived there, he operated a
strawberry farm which he eventually sold but continued as the
manager of the farm.