Visitors to the Allis-Bushnell House are welcome on every first and third Saturday of each month from 11 am to 1 pm.
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 life in the house as it was during colonial days, the Revolutionary War period, the Civil War period, and the Colonial Revival era.
Visitors are invited to tour the home on their own. Docents are available to answer questions and provide further information.
The upper-level rooms offer storage for our collections and workrooms for our staff. They are not open to the public.
The house is also open on occasion for special events and exhibits and for our History Happy Hours. Public tours are given on CT Open House Day in early June and on the fourth Saturday in November, following Thanksgiving.
The Allis-Bushnell House Garden
The Allis-Bushnell House features lovely grounds open to our members, friends, and visitors. In the future, we hope to fully restore these grounds, as we reimagine its landscape as a place of respite and celebration for the entire community.
The Allis-Bushnell House Annex
The MHS Annex, along the Allis-Bushnell House driveway, is an intriguing repository for practical implements and tools of all kinds. Along with these artifacts is an exhibit about the history of shipbuilding in Madison during the height of the nineteenth-century maritime era.
Important Visitor Information
In addition to the public hours listed above, tours can be requested by special appointment. Parking is available in a small lot at the back of the house or along the small lane that parallels the Boston Post Road. The house may also be rented for parties, meetings, workshops, and special occasions. Please call in advance to request rates and information.
Curious about our Historic Paint Colors?
After extensive research and consultation with experts in 2014, the Allis-Bushnell House received a fresh coat of paint.
Our Thanks are Due
The Allis-Bushnell House was painted and re-roofed in 2014, due to the generosity of a private donor and additional gifts from MHS members and many citizens of Madison. In 2015, the House received a new septic system, three new furnaces, a new kitchen, an ADA-compliant exterior walkway, and an ADA-compliant restroom, also supported with funds from members and a generous private donor. In 2017, a generous donation allowed us to repair and restore our two chimneys and four fireplaces, enabling their safe use for hearth dinners.