Opera Double Bill Ends Theater Season at the Deacon’s House!

Madison Lyric Stage presented its third offering for 2021 under an open-air tent on the beautiful grounds of the Deacon John Grave House.  Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Schhoenberg’s Erwartung treated the audience to the musical double bill. Attendees raved about this production and will anxiously await the 2022 season and slate of performances.


Tony Award-Winning Drama Comes to Deacon John Grave House!

Boys in the band on stage

Madison Lyric Stage Company performed the landmark play, The Boys in the Band, eight times from July 22 to August 1. The actors showcased this stellar production under a tent on the Grave House grounds, as the company’s second offering of its theater season.

The Boys in the Band focuses on a group of gay men who gather for a 1968 birthday party in New York City. The evening conversations reveal the touching truths and well-kept secrets of each man attending.

A talented cast played to sold-out crowds, who responded with enthusiasm and standing ovations nightly.

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… essential workers, first responders, politicians, pipers, along with fife and drum corps.

Monday evening fireworks wrapped up the long weekend.

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.

Deacon John Grave Members Party 2020

Everyone enjoyed a variety of beverages and appetizers, while listening to the fine music of Rick and Jim, the Deacon’s choice of special entertainment for the event. House guests delighted in the duo’s folk music and tunes from other genre.

Deacon John Grave Members Party 2020

The many outreach activities of the non-profit DJGH, bringing history to life, would not be possible without the engagement of Foundation members.

Holiday Lantern Night Tour 2019

popcorn on tap at the hearthThe 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 the way, historical interpreters told stories of Madison in the time period.

some eggnog and some conversation

The tour concluded at the Grave House, where warm fires and the refreshment of cider and cookies welcomed participants. At the Deacon’s House, interpreters gave tours of the earlier 1685 homestead and gave a short talk on slavery, as it involved the Grave family.