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Open House

Saturday, November 25
11am – 4pm 

Allis-Bushnell House
853 Boston Post Road

The Society will unveil the newest item in its collection at the Allis-Bushnell House–an untitled landscape painting by Madison native Gilbert Munger (1837- 1903). The artwork, donated by Michael D. Schroeder of Cupertino, California, is an oil painting on wood panel, featuring a figure in blue surrounded by tall trees beside a lake. It is assumed that the painting is one of the many scenes that Munger painted in France in the late 1880s, in or near Barbizon or in the nearby forest of Fontainebleau.

Guides will provide tours of the downstairs rooms of the historic house museum and will help visitors to imagine each room’s use during specific notable eras or events in Madison’s history.

The MHS organizes this annual event in support of all local businesses and organizations. The MHS encourages visitors to shop in Madison’s stores and to eat in Madison’s restaurants before and after a tour. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibition hall at Lee’s Academy featuring the award-winning WWI exhibit will also be open that day at the same hours.

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The Allis-Bushnell House

The Allis-Bushnell House was once home to Madison’s prominent Bushnell and Scranton families. Built in 1785, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Visitors to the Allis-Bushnell House can experience five historic days that unfolded within its rooms or in homes nearby.

The home’s lower-level rooms, each with distinct period architectural features, are decorated with period furniture, domestic implements, decorative arts, and paintings that illustrate how life was lived in Madison in five time periods from colonial days through the 1920s.

Each of these scenic “sets” is complemented by stories, shared by our guides, of life in the house as it was during colonial days, the Revolutionary War period, the Civil War period, and the Colonial Revival era.

The House is opened on occasion throughout the year for special events, talks, and exhibits. Public tours are given on CT Open House Day in early June and on the fourth Saturday in November, following Thanksgiving. Be sure to check our calendar for details.

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