Children’s Holiday Festivities Return to the Grave House

To celebrate the winter holidays, adults and children stepped into the colonial setting for festive activities from times past. The stormy afternoon did not interfere with the cheerful spirit in the Grave house. The Deacon’s guests decorated cookies baked at the hearth, created beeswax candles, and added fragrant cloves to […] Read more »

Madison Historical Society Summer Festival

DJGH Board members in colonial dress served as docents and participated in the return of the Historical Society’s Summer Festival on the Madison Green on August 26th. The festival featured antiques, arts and crafts, games, music, and food. The Grave House display offered a collection of 18th century toys and […] Read more »

Deacon John Grave House Adds to Fall Fun at Bauer Farm Harvest Festival!

October 16th brought a slight cloud cover, but the large crowd at the fall event refused to let that dampen the enjoyment of the day. Madison’s historic farm provided the perfect setting for the 23rd annual Harvest Festival on the beautiful Bauer property. The old-fashioned country fair included family-friendly activities…hay […] 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 »