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Downtown Tours

Join us for an exciting exploration of downtown Madison! Get ready to discover the hidden gems and fascinating history of our charming town. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, this event is perfect for anyone curious about the rich culture and vibrant atmosphere of downtown.

Date: Saturdays from September 23 – October 28, 2023

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: 853 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

During this in-person event, our student guides will lead you along Main Street, sharing captivating stories and interesting facts about the town’s past and present. You’ll have the opportunity to explore local shops while immersing yourself in the unique character of Madison’s historic downtown.

Whether you’re interested in architecture, history, or simply looking for a fun day out, Madison’s Downtown Tours offer something for everyone. So, invite your friends and family or join us on your own for a memorable experience in the heart of Madison. 

The 60-minute tour will cover roughly a half-mile and will leave from the Allis-Bushnell House.
Tickets are $15 per person/$12 dollars for MHS members/ $10 students ages 12 to 15.

Don’t miss out on this chance to discover the hidden treasures of our beloved town!

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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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