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… […] Read more »

History of Slaves at the Deacon John Grave House

Video: First recorded use of slaves in Madison 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 […] Read more »

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. Everyone enjoyed a variety of beverages and appetizers, while listening to the fine music of Rick and Jim, […] Read more »

Holiday Lantern Night Tour 2019

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 […] Read more »

A Large Crowd Joined the Deacon’s Friends for Their Sixth Annual Children’s Holiday Event

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. Read more »