Our Traditional Members Party

In early January the Foundation held our annual members holiday party at the house. Guest members joined board members for a festive evening of food, drink and music. The house was decorated and a cozy fire set the tone for a relaxed time. The board was able to interact directly […] Read more »

A New Holiday Tradition

A Journey Through Time – The Lantern Tour On a mild evening, December 14th the Deacon John Grave Foundation together with the Madison Historical Society and students from Daniel Hand High School offered special house tours in the Madison Historical District. Over 100 people participated. Groups of 10 visitors with […] Read more »

Chamber Opera Returns to the Grave House

Our Deacon John Grave Foundation continued the partnership with the Madison Lyric Stage with two productions of “ A Servant for Hitler: Max Lorenz and the Third Reich” This monodrama with music presented Marc Deaton in his original piece, portraying tenor Max Lorenz through his operatic career and his struggles […] Read more »

Children’s Holiday & Open House

November 30th brought the month to a close and opened the winter holidays. To celebrate the start of the festivities, the Deacon’s family had decorated their homestead. Guests were welcomed into the kitchen for cookie baking at the “Children’s Holiday”. With cookies in the oven, families retired to the main […] Read more »

Ghost Returns to the Grave House

The Madison Lyric Stage performed 6 productions of the English suspense opera “The Turn of the Screw” in October inside our historic Grave House. The event was sold out. The opera is a chamber piece in english composed by Benjamin Britten. Each productions was delightful and featured ghosts. It marked […] Read more »

Country Day School Second Grade Visit

In mid October the Country Day School Second grade class and teachers enjoyed a morning field trip to the Grave House and grounds. This annual even remains a highlight of the Education Program. The class toured the house and learned it’s history. Antque tools were explained as well as hearth […] Read more »

Shoreline Arts Alliance Meeting

In early October the Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) held its monthly meeting at the Grave House. The Madison Lyric Stage was recently accepted as a member. A representative of the Deacon John Grave Foundation board served as co host and gave tours of the house. A representative of the Connecticut […] Read more »

Annual Meeting Featured Board Member and Town Historian in a Talk and Display of Old Maps

Henry Griggs, Past President of the Deacon John Grave House gave an interesting presentation of his collection of very old maps. Of note was a 1827 very colorful large map which illustrated Madison as an independent town in 1826. During social time members were able to view the maps on display […] Read more »