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Chase Park, Godfrey Windmill & The Chatham Labyrinth

Chase Park
Written by Brian Tarcy

CHATHAM – Chase Park features a windmill and a labyrinth.

On a recent cold, mostly deserted day, we wandered into the park where we spent some time admiring the Godfrey Windmill and contemplating the Chatham Labyrinth.

The historic gristmill, built in 1797 overlooking Mill Pond, was moved to Chase Park in 1956. Even without the big blades attached, it is quite a sight and worth wandering around, even in chilly weather.

We also were curious about the lawn bowling setup, and were especially intrigued by the labyrinth, a gift to the town in 2012 initiated by clergy from seven churches in Chatham.

This is an 11-circuit labyrinth. The term “circuit” refers to the number of times the path goes around the center. We also have learned that Chatham Labryinth is a replica of a medieval labyrinth found in a cathedral in France.

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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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