Hometown 4th of July Parade Returns

After a year without July 4th activities, a parade returned to Madison’s main street with record crowds stretched along the entire parade route.

A vintage car, sporting signage with “Deacon John Grave 1685”, passed the Grave House with flair and a wave. A variety of participants numbered among the marchers… essential workers, first responders, politicians, pipers, along with fife and drum corps.

Monday evening fireworks wrapped up the long weekend.

Members’ Annual Holiday Party

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.

Deacon John Grave Members Party 2020

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.

Deacon John Grave Members Party 2020

The many outreach activities of the non-profit DJGH, bringing history to life, would not be possible without the engagement of Foundation members.

Holiday Lantern Night Tour 2019

popcorn on tap at the hearthThe 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.

some eggnog and some conversation

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.

A Colonial Holiday For Children 2019

a colonial holiday for children at the deacon john grave houseJoin 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.

Click here, here and here to see all the fun of previous Children’s Colonial Holidays.