The History of Chaffee’s Swimming Pools

In the Spring of 1966, Mary Chaffee started looking for an inground swimming pool for her family to enjoy. Her Aunt Mary, owner of one of the first gas stations to serve food in the area (now known as convenience stores!), recommended a plumber in Washingtonville, NY who was having a “Pool School”.  Mary attended and purchased a pool kit. 

Her husband, Harold, and father, Charles Nelson, were both handy and had some construction experience so they built the pool with the help of a local excavator, Charles Valkmer. When neighbors saw the beautiful job that they had done, the Chaffee’s were asked to build a pool for friend after friend and neighbor after neighbor. With the amount of requests they had received, Harold and Mary decided to go into the pool construction business full time. Many of the pools they had built in the 1960s are still in use today. 

For 50 years, the Chaffee’s have perfected their craft and are on the cutting edge of the Swimming Pool Industry. You will still find Harold and Mary making their rounds as usual. Harold and Mary’s son, Charlie, President of Chaffee’s Pools since 1995, adds a new dimension to this long time, locally family owned and operated company. Building pools since his youth, Charlie is always looking for the newest products, features or designs to make your backyard into your own private oasis. Harold’s work ethic is the backbone of the company he and his wife started in 1967 which continues today with Charlie. No detail left out, no desire left unfulfilled, Chaffee’s Swimming Pool's proudly represents Orange and Ulster County, NY as their trusted International and Regional Award Winning family owned and operated Pool Company.  

  We offer 50 years of expertise in the Swimming Pool industry. We specialize in custom pool design, in and above ground pool construction, renovations, vinyl liner and portable spas, patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits/places, sheds,  and offer services in pool water care and seasonal maintenance for your pool. We also offer everything you need to care for your pool and spa at our retail store on Route 207 in Campbell Hall, New York. 

Having served Orange County and Ulster County, NY since 1967, our knowledge of the pool industry and our local area is key to our continued years of service. With the knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail, our pools are designed and built to last for years as they have proven with our 1960s swimming pools still in use today. Contact Us today to build the outdoor oasis of your dreams!