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Victorian Valentine’s Day Party

Expressions of love and romance will be on display throughout the month of February at the Allis-Bushnell House Museum. Some believe Valentine’s Day has its origins in the fertility celebrations held during Roman times. More likely is the story that a Catholic martyr named Valentine inspired the holiday. Whatever its origins, the MHS encourages everyone to attend this Valentine’s Day celebration of love and local heritage.

On Wednesday, February 14 from 5:30 – 7 PM, the MHS will host a celebration of love with an adults-only party. Vintage Valentines, wedding dresses, and other expressions of love and romance will be on display. Victorian punch, adult beverages, tasty morsels, and, of course, chocolates, will be served at the Allis-Bushnell House for this festive holiday event.

Local storyteller Jennifer Munro will offer a moving tale of familial love, and local area flutists will provide romance-inducing music.  Discover how the Victorians did Valentine’s Day at this festive holiday celebration.

The registration fee is $25 per person or $20 for MHS members.

Fill out the form below to register today!


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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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