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Founded in 1917, the Madison Historical Society in the town of Madison, Connecticut, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of citizens whose mission it is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts and information that illustrate Madison's role in local, regional, and national history. The Society fulfills this mission through its exhibits, educational programs, publications, and entertainments for residents, students, and visitors. The Society provides leadership that encourages broad public engagement in Madison's history and future.

We own, preserve, and protect three Madison properties:

We invite you to visit us.
We welcome you to attend our education programs.
We hope you'll enjoy our archive of Historical Happenings newsletters.

The MHS History Book Group invites the public as well as members to the lively meetings of its monthly book discussion group. Please join us the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm on the upper level (front left green door) of Lee's Academy at 14 Meetinghouse Lane on the Madison Green. Please note that handicapped access is not available to the upper level, which is reached by a staircase. (In case of inclement weather, the group typically delays the meeting to the fourth Tuesday of the month.) Please visit our Adult Programs page for information on each title.


Please Join Us for a Guided Hike

November 2, 2014

1:00 pm

Offered in association with the Madison Land Conservation Trust and guided by MHS member and MLCT host Don Rankin, this easy trail takes hikers through the eastern woodlands of north Madison to learn about the natural rock shelter homesites of early Native Americans. The loop trail encompasses the complex watershed system that flows north into the Hammonasset River basin and south to the headwaters of the Neck River.
Cliff faces, rock shelters, views of Bartlett Pond, and a diverse forest of beech, maple, oak, birch, ash, and hickory characterize this 1.2 mile trail.

Reach the trailhead by taking Route 79 to Route 80 east. From Route 80, take Summerhill Road north to a left on Twilight Drive. Follow Twilight for 0.5 mile to Lake Drive. Follow Lake Drive to its cul-de-sac, which is the parking area at the trailhead.


We welcome you to contact us by e-mail at

Madison Historical Society
14 Meetinghouse Lane
Madison, CT 06443-3155