As part of St. Andrew’s series on Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation, Terry Roberts, President of the Deacon John Graves Foundation, shared his research about the first recorded use of slaves in Madison, CT, as taken from the journals recorded by generations of the Deacon John Graves family, starting in 1685.
We decided to put up the Holiday wreath which gives our House a welcome and warm feeling in this strangest of times. So less strange now.
Members found the Deacon John Grave House warm and cozy for the annual holiday party, hosted by the Foundation to welcome 2020 and in appreciation for membership support during the past year.
Everyone enjoyed a variety of beverages and appetizers, while listening to the fine music of Rick and Jim, the Deacon’s choice of special entertainment for the event. House guests delighted in the duo’s folk music and tunes from other genre.
The many outreach activities of the non-profit DJGH, bringing history to life, would not be possible without the engagement of Foundation members.
The Madison Historical Society’s second Holiday Lantern Tour attracted an estimated 150 participants for visits to decorated homes around the Madison Green. This year the theme reflected the Civil War era in Madison, circa 1862. Groups of twenty departed every 30 minutes for the 90-minute presentation, featuring eight brief stops. Along the way, historical interpreters told stories of Madison in the time period.
The tour concluded at the Grave House, where warm fires and the refreshment of cider and cookies welcomed participants. At the Deacon’s House, interpreters gave tours of the earlier 1685 homestead and gave a short talk on slavery, as it involved the Grave family.
Decorated for the season, the Deacon John Grave House set the perfect scene to create old fashioned winter memories. Children, parents, and friends enjoyed an afternoon of cookie making and chestnut roasting at the hearth. Live music and storytelling entertained visitors, while they savored holiday refreshment.
Join us on Saturday, December 14th from 2 to 4pm for our sixth annual Children’s Holiday Open House. Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday afternoon full of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, roasting chestnuts, live music, storytelling and refreshments. Create winter memories with the whole family! Admission is free.
The performances of Hotel Fables: Episodes in a Life were sold out and received critical acclaim.
Through music and drama, the production explored the complexities, struggles and humor of human relationships.
The immersive piece was staged in one large room reflecting a single hotel room.
The program featured music from Britten, Saint Saens, Puccini, Beethoven and drama from Beckett and Harwood .
We, the Deacon John Grave Foundation and Madison Lyric Stage, are looking forward to our 2020 Season.
Following an annual tradition, two Country Day School classes of second grade students with their teachers and parents enjoyed a visit to the historic Grave property.
Docents in period dress guided the students through the history of the House, asking questions along the way.
Students showcased their knowledge from their prior studies at school.
They answered questions about colonial life and gained additional understanding of colonial times.
The docents showed and explained the use of antique tools, the methods of hearth cooking, and the processes of turning flax into linen cloth.
Chores done by colonial children proved to be of particular interest to the young visitors. The hidden room and secret staircase also grabbed their attention.
After the house tour, students engaged in the rare colonial pastime of play and showed their remarkable skill in using the Grave House collection of vintage toys.
DJGH board members in colonial dress hosted a play station at the Bauer Farm Fall Festival, exhibiting the Grave House collection of historic toys and games. Throughout the festival day, parents and children stopped at the Deacon’s play station to test their skills with a variety of vintage wooden toys and games. No iPhones or Internet games permitted!