Connecticut Open House Day at the Grave House & Gardens

Connecticut started the event 14 years ago and on Saturday, June 9th and over 230 houses participated. A large crowd toured the Grave House observing and tasting a hearth cooking demo. The cooking included potato chowder, strawberry fritters, strawberry cornbread and a hanging chicken. Farm tools, linen making, including growing […] Read more »

Second Graders Step Into the Past

On Thursday, May 10th, Madison’s second graders stepped out of their usual classrooms and ventured down to the Congregational Church and the Green to get a sense of past Madison times. In vintage garb, members of the Deacon John Grave House (DJGH) joined with members from the Madison Historical Society […] Read more »

Country Day School Returns to the House

The second grade class of the Country Day School continued the tradition of studying Colonial America in a program featuring docents in period dress explaining life in early Madison. As usual the class came prepared, even watching a video from the Grave Foundation depicting hearth cooking, weaving and chores. One […] Read more »

At the Harvest Festival in 2017

Drizzly weather did not deter the attendees at the 20th Annual Harvest Festival at Bauer Park on Saturday, October 14th. Board members from the Deacon John Grave House showed up in costume to share an array of colonial games with both children and adults. Festival goers tried herding hoops, spinning […] Read more »