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History Happy Hour

The HISTORY HAPPY HOUR series will resume on

Friday, October 20, from 6 to 7 pm,
at the historic Allis-Bushnell House at
853 Boston Post Road, Madison.

The next HISTORY HAPPY HOUR will feature architect Robert Barnett, author of Deconstructing Stone Buildings: A Journey Through New England.  In his book, Mr. Barnett takes readers on a virtual journey to eleven pairs of stone buildings and quarries in the six New England states. Deconstruction, as defined in this book, is a process that involves taking apart a building, examining its various elements, searching its historical sources, and ending at a quarry. The History Happy Hour presentation will offer a brief overview of the book with an opportunity for lively discussion, followed by a social hour. Featured buildings range from the 1820s to the 2020s. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale at a discount.

All adults of legal drinking age are invited to partake in a tasting offered by the Wine Thief of Madison. Meet fellow history buffs and discover intriguing history tidbits while enjoying unique wines with a group of like-minded companions. 

Each month, the History Happy Hours will feature unique libations, engaging speakers exploring timely topics, and a charming pair of parlors that offer a place to mingle in an elegantly fun atmosphere. 

Admission at the door is $10 ($5 for MHS members). CASH ONLY AT THE DOOR!

Advance registration is recommended. Click BOOK ONLINE below.

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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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