The Madison Historical Society is proud to celebrate its upcoming centennial by hosting this summer’s fifth annual “Tour of Remarkable Homes” which takes place on Sunday, June 25th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tour, likely to draw hundreds of curious residents and visitors, will highlight six spectacular homes in Madison, Connecticut. With its successful track record four years and running, the event has become one of the largest fundraisers hosted by the MHS. Monies earned will help fuel future nonprofit endeavors such as the maintenance of historic properties as well as educational programming.
Knowledgeable tour guides will provide visitors with an up-close-and-personal vantage point to six of Madison’s most historically relevant homes, each one boasting timeless nuanced architecture. During the stroll through these Madison landmarks, visitors will have an opportunity to ask questions about anything from the age of the home to extensive renovations that have taken place through the years.
The homes, all of which are pillars of the town’s rich history, have been carefully chosen by the Madison Historical Society due to their beauty and location. One of the properties is a nearly 4,000-square-foot farmhouse built in 1806 that was the childhood home of famed nineteenth-century botanical illustrator, Clarissa Munger Badger. Resting on eleven gorgeous acres just west of the town center, the home’s interior is meticulously decorated with rare antiques and ornate moldings and woodwork. Another home dating back to the nineteenth century (1890 to be precise) has been transformed into the quintessential New England Beach cottage. Conceived as a men’s boarding house for shipbuilders working at the local wharves, the home has since been updated by designer Iliana Moore with charming nautical motifs throughout.
Visitors on the tour may view the homes in any order and at any pace they choose. They also have the option to drive, bike or walk to each house, all of which are a few miles apart. Tour tickets are $40 the day of or $35 if bought in advance, and can be purchased at Lee’s Academy at 14 Meetinghouse Lane or through the MHS’s website www.madisonhistory.org. Tickets are also available at select Walker Loden locations. Ticket prices include a tour program that serves as an admission ticket and map for each property. After the tour, visitors are invited to MHS’s Allis-Bushnell House for a tour of the property and some refreshments. Owned by the MHS for close to a hundred years, the house museum’s lower level has recently been renovated and made accessible to Madison residents.
In addition to the Tour of Remarkable Homes to celebrate MHS’s centennial, Madison will also be hosting its 46th Annual Antiques Fair on Saturday, August 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Town Green. Countless treasures can be found from as many as ninety antique dealers from up and down the coast. Whether it’s rare Victorian-style cast iron furniture, or vintage designer handbags and hats, the wide array of relics will be sure to delight any antique enthusiast.
Some frequently asked questions about the Tour of Remarkable Homes:
Q: Is Transportation provided.
A: Transportation is not provided. The homes on the tour are only a few miles apart, so navigating through the town is easy enough.
Q: Where should I park?
A: There is ample parking around the town green where there is a check-in spot to receive tour program books.
Q: What is the tour route?
A: The tour program book provides a map to each property, yet the homes may be viewed in any order. Also, for the privacy and protection of the homeowners, specific addresses are not provided before the event.
Q: Are there any hotels located close to the route?
A: Some lodging options include The Madison Beach Hotel, the Scranton Seahorse Inn, and the Tidewater Inn, all of which offer reduced rates for those attending the tour.
Q: Are children allowed on the tour?
A: All children are welcome on the tour; however, please note that strollers and backpacks will not be permitted into any of the residences.
Q: What happens in case of rain?
A: The event will take place, rain or shine.