Grave Relatives Visit the House

Grave relative, Robin Satterfield, with husband (Jim Beckmann), arrived at the Grave House on October 8th for a pre-arranged tour of the homestead. The Friday afternoon tour was part of their extensive journey to find Robin’s ancestral roots. The shirts worn by Robin and Jim stated their mission for heading eastward from their home state of Missouri, “Looking for Dead Relatives Tour – October 2017”. The shirts’ reverse provided the family names included in their quest: Graves and Redfield, both listed on the framed family tree displayed at the Grave House. Board members, Tom and Jenny Lee, greeted the Missouri couple and Terry Roberts stopped by to add historical information about the Grave family and the building’s history.

In the video below, Robin Satterfield talks about her relatives while looking through the book “Deacon John Graves of Hartford, CT, Volume #7” during a visit to the Deacon John Grave House October 9th, 2017 as part of she and her husband’s “Looking for Dead Relatives Tour”.

The New Barn Roof Is Finished

A new cedar roof was installed on the Deacon John Grave property barn located in the Historical District in Madison. The barn is used for education programs, community events, and storage. It houses a collection of colonial tools and the original 1685 floor from the second story of the house.

Connecticut Roofcrafters, Inc., owned by Micheal Young, did a professional and outstanding job on the roof.  Their attention to detail was superb.

This capital improvement was accomplished because of a generous grant from the Summerhill Foundation in Madison, CT.

Invitation to a Very Special Evening


Invitation to a Hearth Dinner with the Deacon Saturday, November 4th from 6 to 10pm


Please join us for a once-in-a-lifetime hearth dinner experience
Dinner with the Deacon on Saturday November 4th from 6 to 10pm
The Dinner includes:
A five-course, authentic colonial dinner from our circa 1711 hearth
A hard cider and craft beer tasting
Dessert with port
Includes beer and wine
Tickets are $150 per person* for the first 20 guests
Payable at time of reservation
For reservations, contact Natalie Evans at 203-421-3009
The Deacon John Grave Foundation
*All proceeds support the Deacon John Grave Foundation
Preserving colonial history in Madison through community events & education

A Storybook Evening

The weather, music and the company were absolutely perfect at the annual Big Band Summer Mixer with the George Manston Band performing.

Members of the Deacon John Grave House, Garden Club of Madison, Madison Historical Society and Clemma listened to sounds of the great American songbook while picnicking with complementary beverages.

It was a late summer’s evening in a New England town a la Yankee magazine.

On July 4th, The House Hosted One of The Deacon’s Relations!

Vicky Logee shared the information that Deacon John Graves was her 8th great grandfather. She and her husband highlighted a visit to the Deacon John Grave House, during their recent trek from their home state of Arizona. By timing the visit to Madison on July 4th, they were able to enjoy the town parade also. In fact, with the Deacon John Graves’ house open following the parade, more than fifty visitors joined Vicky Logee in touring the house on July 4th.

The Exchange Club honored 100 years of the Madison Historical Society at this year’s 4th of July Parade and the Deacon John Graves House Foundation joined with the community in helping the Historical Society celebrate its landmark anniversary.

Deacon John Grave House Participates Again in Connecticut Open House Day

On June 10th from 11AM to 4PM, the Grave house was open to visitors from throughout Connecticut.

Some visitors came from as far as New jersey and Rhode Island. Board members in period dress offered tours of the house and grounds.

The highlight was hearth cooking demonstrations, including making and stuffing sausages. A new display section on the 2nd floor was used for a collection of antique tools.

Fifth Graders Tour the House

On April 28th, in collaboration with Madison Historical Society, approximately two hundred Madison fifth graders toured the Grave House in small groups. With board members leading each group with live demonstrations, they learned about hearth cooking, old tools and their uses, what was the likely the sleeping arrangements at the house (and also the rope bed and chamber pot, too) and spinning and weaving. With all the activity going on, two adult couples stopped by to also tour the house.