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Holiday Lantern Tour

Sunday, December 11 / 4:30 – 7 PM / SOLD OUT

Did you know that many Main Street businesses at the turn of the last century were owned and operated by immigrants? Or that a Madison woman who staged one-act plays in her garden on Island Avenue contributed to the birth of traveling summer theater groups?  Learn about interesting people and events from Madison’s past when the Holiday Lantern Tour returns on Sunday, December 11.   

Roaring Twenties Theme

The MHS Holiday Lantern Tour is a journey through time to glimpse a period in Madison’s history. This year, visitors will be transported to the 1920s, when prohibition was the law of the land and women had just earned the right to vote.

Local student reenactors and MHS volunteers will bring history to life through a series of lively dramatic presentations that will begin at Lee’s Academy and finish at the Allis-Bushnell House.

Visitor Information

Guides will lead groups of up to 25 people every thirty minutes, beginning at 4:30 pm. Visitors will cover roughly a half-mile, traveling on foot over various terrains for the duration of the tour. For this event, visitors are strongly encouraged to dress warmly and wear appropriate footwear, whether we have rain or clear skies. There is no rain date.

Starting at Lee’s Academy, the tour makes several brief stops and concludes with a warm fire and refreshments at the Allis-Bushnell House. Unlike previous years, there will be NO indoor stops as COVID considerations prevent us from inviting groups into private homes. Visitors will explore the downtown area and learn about important people and events from Madison’s past. 

Tickets are $15 for adults ($10 for MHS members) and $5 for children ages 5-17. The tour is recommended for children aged 5 and older.

This is a rain-or-shine event. Please dress for the elements. The tour takes about an hour to complete and is entirely outdoors. 

No tickets will be sold at the door.

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