The members of the CAHS have been nomadic over the years. We have found that our best years are those where we were able to open a museum for people to come and view our collections. Our membership has increased during those times and our collections grow when we have a place to showcase them. The 1853 Boyd House on Jackson Street was our first choice several years ago but we were not able to secure it at that time. The support of the Chelsea community to help us finally acquire the Boyd House has been heartwarming.
Why this location?
Everything has been redone in the home in the late 90’s and yet it has retained its historic charm. Its already wired for internet. It is absolutely ready to move in and open for business. Not only is the house itself historic and one of the oldest in the City, it has already been made handicap accessible. It is zoned appropriately for us to open the museum to the public immediately and there is plenty of parking along Jackson Street on either side of the depot. You know the saying…location, location, location!
Meeting and Event Space
Currently, our monthly meetings are held in the historic Depot. This could certainly be handy for large groups and events since it is right across the street from the Boyd House. Smaller meetings and events could be held in the house. There may also be times where we would have an event in the Depot and have the Museum open at the same time. The possibilities are endless!
To Sum It Up …
- It’s a historic building built in 1853
- It’s zoned commercial so it’s ready to open a museum
- It has an office area on second floor
- It has a room on second floor that can be dedicated to doing research
- The first floor has multiple rooms for museum displays
- The building is handicap accessible
- No renovation or upgrades are needed at this time
- There is ample parking for the museum on Jackson Street plus a handicap parking space on site
- There is a full basement for storage
- Location is close to downtown for walking traffic and across from the historic Depot
- A Chelsea History Museum would greatly enhance the Jackson Street Corridor