Celebrating 53 years in business this year!

About Yankee Ingenuity

Welcome to Yankee Ingenuity

We Are Celebrating 53 Years in 2024!

Yankee Ingenuity is a gallery and gift shop on Cape Cod, in the beautiful seaside village of Chatham, about a half mile from the Atlantic Ocean.

Yankee Ingenuity is your source for unique and useful gifts. We offer an exciting collection of gifts, jewelry, home decor, whimsical folk art and lots of other cool stuff!. We are proud to feature work by local Cape Cod artists and artisans, and we’re always introducing new stuff to the collection, so each visit to the shop feels like a unique experience.

Established in 1971, the gallery showcases the award-winning color landscape photography of Jon Vaughan, the author of Coastal Effects, and Cape Cod Dawn to Dusk, a photographic tribute to Cape Cod.

Jon owns and operates Yankee Ingenuity with the indispensable help of his lovely and talented wife, Sharon Hayes. Along with their long-time manager, Michelle Millett, Jon and Sharon keep Yankee Ingenuity running as a  destination for year-round residents and visitors alike. Michelle is now a co-owner of the shop and especially enjoys finding locally made products. She has a passion for finding the perfect gift and is always on the hunt for cool new finds.

Please be sure to stop by the next time you are on the Cape. We are open year-round. We are located at 525 Main Street in Chatham, Cape Cod, MA 02633. Please call   (508) 945-1288 for more information.


Jon Vaughan with camera

About Jon Vaughan

Jon Vaughan is an award-winning photographer and the author of Coastal Effects, a photographic tribute to Cape Cod. Coastal Effects has been featured in Cape Cod Life, Coastal Living, WCVB-TV’s Chronicle, and The Boston Globe. 

 A self-taught photographer, Vaughan has been photographing the Cape for more than 40 years.  In pursuing the challenge of being in the “right place at the right time,” Vaughan has captured many of the extraordinary moments common to this spectacular coastal paradise.  Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Cape Cod Museum of Art, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Massachusetts General Hospital, Fidelity Investments and The Salt Pond Visitors Center. Vaughan’s work can be viewed at his gallery, Yankee Ingenuity, in Chatham. His work is widely collected and can be found in thousands of private homes and collections.

 Jon Vaughan is the founder and creative visionary behind Yankee Ingenuity, a gift shop and art gallery on Cape Cod. Jon opened Yankee Ingenuity in 1971 when he was  26 years old. It has been in continuous operation ever since. 

            Jon out photographing in the dunes. Just another day at work....