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.

This Year’s Garden Club of Madison Plant Sale

The Garden Club of Madison will have its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20th from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event takes place rain or Shine on the grounds of the Deacon John Grave House. Cash or check. All plants are grown by members so they will do very well in Madison soil. Proceeds help with the maintenance of the town’s civic gardens at Veteran’s Memorial on the green, East Wharf Beach, Allison-Bushnell House Garden and Herb Garden and Deacon John Grave Perrenial and Wildflower Garden.

An Interesting Seniors Program

On April 10th a group of Madison Seniors from the Madison Senior Center, the Strong House, and the Hearth visited the Deacon John Grave house.

In the main parlor they listened to a brief history of the house and the Grave family. Afterward a board member and expert on tools described and explained the antique tools which were displayed on three tables.The guests enjoyed guessing the uses of each tool.

Some of the seniors toured the second floor for a demonstration on flax and wool and spinning and weaving. They also discovered the Secret Room.

The group convened at the the hearth cooking area downstairs where the Board members were making a tradition chowder that they could taste.

Madison Second Grade Classes Visit the Grave House

Over 250 Madison students joined teachers and parents at the Deacon John Grave House
for a special joint education program with the Madison Historical Society on April 3rd and 4th.

The program consisted of four stations: an early Madison school room; Dolly Madison talking about the history of Madison; children at work in the Grave House and their chores; colonial toys and having fun playing with them.

The programs lasted from nine until noon each day.