The Madison Historical Society Antiques Fair, the Society's largest annual fundraiser, was established in 1972 with the goal of being the best antiques show in an outdoor venue. Soon celebrating its forty-second year in 2013, the fair is produced by MHS Events Coordinator Beth Wardwell with the support of Society member volunteers. This year, many of our visitors' favorite long-time exhibitors, along with several exciting new exhibitors, will join us for the best fair ever.
With approximately 75 outstanding antiques exhibitors from the Northeast, New York State, the mid-Atlantic states, and Florida, this unique fair typically offers eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and European furniture; silver; porcelains; rugs; wicker; prints; clocks; architectural design furnishings; country collectibles; 16th-19th-century maps of local, state and international interest; Audubon bird prints and natural history prints; oil lamps; chintz; 1930s-1950s kitchenware, pantry goods, and barware; vintage toys; sterling flatware and hollowware; fine linens and textiles; painted cottage furniture; Canton and Chinese Export goods; 18th C. cookware; bamboo; cut glass; Hall pottery; Fenton glass; late 18th-early 19th-century furniture; country store items; antique bottles; tins and tools; yellow ware and sponge ware; vintage designer handbags; vintage clothing, shoes and hats; Bakelite and designer costume jewelry; antique jewelry; Oriental carpets; country furniture in paint and original finish; vintage garden and patio furniture and accessories; lighting; books; vintage bottles and CT milk bottles; painted Mid-Century French furniture; Victorian and vintage cast and wrought iron; Colonial arms and accoutrements; mid-20th-century Modern furniture; woodenware; wire baskets; advertising; boxes; primitives; ironstone; galvanized tubs and laundry items; early Americana including that of local interest; paintings; children’s collectibles; nautical/marine antiques and fine art; Victorian folk art; and shell art.
A popular innovation in 2012 that will return to the Fair in 2013 is an appraisal opportunity, offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Jay St. Mark, a highly knowledgeable Connecticut-based antiques appraiser, will evaluate treasured antiques or vintage items carried in by visitors. For a low per-item fee of $5 (payable in addition to the admission fee), each fairgoer may bring up to three portable items (or photographs of furniture) for appraisal. Please do not bring jewelry.
As is traditional, the Fair features coffee service and sidewalk cafe seating for your comfort. Fresh-made offerings from popular shoreline food trucks will be available in close proximity to the green. The Madison Historical Society welcome booth, located near the Church Entrance Gate, offers MHS membership information, Historical Happenings newsletters, and materials about the MHS Historic Building Plaque Program. Books on Madison history are also available for purchase here.
Just steps from the Fair is the MHS's historical Lee's Academy, home now to both the MHS administrative offices and its exhibition gallery. From 11:00 to 4:00 p.m., drop by our summer exhibition, which traditionally features fascinating stories and artifacts from Madison's past. This year visitors will enjoy "The Business of Leisure: Madison Welcomes Its Summer Colony." This intriguing exhibition reveals the ways that the community responded to the needs and desires of the vacationers and cottagers who came to the shoreline for rest and recreation. The exhibition is free; donations are welcomed.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine
Date: The Saturday before Labor Day weekend (August 24, 2013)
Admission Fee: $7.00 ($6 with discount coupon or newspaper ad); children twelve and under are free.
Location: Madison Town Green; parking is available around the 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, to the Madison Town Green, bounded by the Boston Post Road, Meetinghouse Lane, and Copse Road.
Please DO NOT BRING Pets.
For a discount coupon good for $1 off the price of admission for one individual, please print the ad on our home page.
Exhibitor inquiries are welcome. Please call the MHS at (203) 245-4567 or contact the fair manager by email.
The Madison Historical Society Antiques Fair committee wishes to acknowledge and express its gratitude for the generous sponsorship of Vision Assets Management LLC and the Princeton Review.