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 »

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 »

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 »

Fourth of July Open House

Madison marked Independence Day, starting it with a bang…and an evening of fireworks! The celebration continued the following morning with a Fourth of July parade down the main street. Many of the parade entries lingered in front of the Deacon’s house for an extra drum beat or photo shoot, where […] Read more »

Lessons on the Lawn

Area history buffs met on the lawn at the Deacon’s House on a warm Friday evening recently to hear about the life and times of Daniel Hand, a native son and progressive philanthropist. While the audience gathered, people shared food and conversation in anticipation of the informal lecture to come. […] 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 »

Girl Scouts Earn Cooking Merit Badge

On Sunday afternoon, February 18th, a group of Guilford Girl Scouts and parents visited the Grave House. A short history of the Grave family and tour of the house was provided. Our hearth cooking crew dressed in period attire and demonstrated various aspects of Colonial Cooking. The children churned butter […] Read more »