A Celebration of Madison's Architectural Heritage
SUNDAY, JUNE 25 / 11 AM to 4 PM
What makes a home remarkable? Visitors to the Tour of Remarkable Homes will discover the answer to this question on Sunday, June 25. To the delight of home tour enthusiasts, the Society’s largest fundraising event will return after three years of COVID cancellations.
The Tour of Remarkable Homes provides the rare opportunity for guests to explore some of the town's most unique private residences. Each home is remarkable for its age, size, location, or distinctive architecture and landscaping.
Add a Boxed Lunch to your Tour Experience
New this year, we are offering a box lunch specially prepared by the Madison Cheese Shop. You can select a turkey and brie sandwich with a raspberry peach champagne jam served on a baguette or a vegetarian sandwich of roasted vegetables and goat cheese drizzled with basil pesto also served on a baguette. Included in the meal are chips, a gourmet cookie, and bottled water. Visitors are invited to enjoy their lunch in the newly restored Madison Center for History and Culture located on the lower level of Lee's Academy. If weather permits, outdoor options will be offered in the tour program booklet.
The proceeds from this event enable us to continue to preserve and protect our historic properties, care for our collection of treasures from Madison's rich past, and develop new and engaging educational programming.
The homes can be visited in any order and at your own pace. Please follow the parking instructions in your program book to ensure the safety and security of all involved. Guides are stationed at each location to provide background information about each home and its interesting design features. The Tour Program Book serves as your admission to each property and offers useful information, including the tour map. Visit our Flickr page to see exterior images of the homes featured on earlier tours.
Important Visitor Information
Hours: 11 AM to 4 PM, rain or shine
Date: Sunday, June 25
Admission Fee: $40 prior to the event; $45 day of the event
Day of the event: Tickets are available at Lee's Academy - 14 Meetinghouse Lane on the Madison green
Directions: I-95 North or South to Exit 61. Travel south on CT State Route 79 (Durham Road) to US Route 1 (Boston Post Road). Take a right turn on US Route 1 and travel a short distance to the west, and make a right onto Meetinghouse Lane on the eastern side of the Madison Green. Lee's Academy is located behind the Memorial Town Hall.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I pick up tickets?
Guests can pick up advance-reservation tickets at Lee’s Academy, at 14 Meetinghouse Lane, between 10:30 am and 3 pm on the day of the tour. You will receive a program book that will serve as your admission ticket to each home. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event at this same location.
How do I pay for my ticket?
All forms of payment are accepted, including cash, check, or major credit cards. Please note that same-day ticket purchases are $45; tickets purchased in advance of the Tour day are $40.
Are children allowed on the Tour?
Infants and children ages twelve and older are welcome to attend, but, in general, the Tour is not intended for young children. You may carry your infant into the homes; please note that strollers and backpacks cannot be brought into any of the residences.
What is the tour route?
The homes are generally within a two-mile radius of Madison’s downtown historic district. The Home Tour Program Book includes a map to guide you to each property. Docents at each site can suggest recommended routes, but you may visit the homes in any order that you wish. Please note that, for the homeowners’ privacy and protection, we do not reveal the addresses before the event.
Is transportation provided?
You must provide your own transportation to each residence. The houses are as much as a few miles apart, so we recommend driving. Biking, however, is certainly an option. We strongly recommend comfortable walking shoes for your tour of the homes and their gardens.
What happens in the case of rain?
The tour goes on, rain or shine!
Where should I park?
You will find ample parking around the town green where you must check in to get your tour program book. The program book provides directions to the homes as well as instructions on where to park at each individual residence. In some instances, parking attendants will be present at the house to assist with traffic and to make parking suggestions.
The Madison Historical Society is deeply grateful for the corporate sponsorship of the following real estate agencies: Coldwell Banker, Page Taft/Christie’s, William Raveis, and William Pitt Sothebys. Without their support and guidance, the tour would not be possible.