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Open House

Saturday, November 27
11am – 3pm 

Allis-Bushnell House
853 Boston Post Road

The MHS boasts a collection of more than 8,000 artifacts that tell the story of Madison’s rich cultural history. Most of these items are stored in archival boxes and are rarely seen by the public. Several of these treasured objects will be unpacked for the annual open house. 

Visitors can learn about the Meigs spinning parties in our colonial kitchen; the important role Captain Frederick Lee played in establishing Madison nearly 200 years ago; the letter written by 14-year-old Emilie Ely recounting the quota requirements during the Civil War; and the anti-suffragette who ran a tearoom out of the house in the early 1900s.

Sweet treats and apple cider will be served!

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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