In November of 2010, the clergy from the seven churches in Chatham initiated an effort to gift the town of Chatham a labyrinth in honor of its 300th Anniversary with it’s theme, “Find Your Way Here.” Thanks to the support of the Chatham community and others, on July 15, 2012, The Chatham Labyrinth was dedicated in honor of Chatham’s Tercentennial, and to the peace and well-being of all who find their way here.
The design chosen for the Chatham Labyrinth is a replica of the 11-circuit medieval labyrinth found in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France. Everything is in proportion to everything else which helps create harmony and fluid energy.
The term “circuit” refers to the number of times the path goes around the center. The labyrinth measures 44’ in diameter, with a 16” wide path and a total length of 861.5’ or ⅓ of a mile. The center has 6 petals and is often called the rosette, a sign of beauty and love. The labyrinth is made out of cut and sealed earth-toned pavers.
The entrance to the Chatham Labyrinth is oriented to “true north.” In earlier times, sailors navigated by the stars at night and relied on the North Star to guide them and help them find their way home safely. “True North” has since become a symbol of hope for all those who are seeking to find “where the good way lies”. The Labyrinth is surrounded by a Healing Garden maintained by the Friends of the Labyrinth and open all year round.
Location & Directions
The Chatham Labyrinth is located in Chase Park in the heart of Chatham, an ideal place with its quiet surroundings, available parking, and central location to town. From Main Street, take Cross Street and bear left at Shattuck Place. Follow the road to the parking lot in front of the Godfrey Windmill. The labyrinth is located just beyond the windmill and is wheelchair accessible.
The Chatham Clergy Association, assisted by many generous donations, funded the labyrinth construction and invites contributions to help with ongoing educational events, a scholarship fund, additional landscaping and more.
Checks can be made payable to:
The Chatham Clergy Association
625 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633
*Please note “Chatham Labyrinth” on your check.