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. Celebrating its forty-fourth year in 2015, the fair is under MHS management, produced by MHS Events Coordinator Beth Wardwell with the support of MHS Trustee Lyle Cubberly and Society member volunteers. Along with an array of exciting new exhibitors, many of our finest long-time exhibitors will join us this year, ensuring our most impressive fair ever.
With as many as 90 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; painted mid-century French furniture; painted cottage furniture; country furniture in paint and original finish; vintage garden and patio furniture and accessories; wicker; Victorian and vintage cast iron and wrought iron furniture; mid-twentieth-century Modern furniture; architectural design furnishings, and antique carpets and rugs.
Patrons may also find silver, sterling flatware, and hollowware; porcelains; clocks; country collectibles; sixteenth- through nineteenth-century maps of local, state, and international interest; Audubon bird prints and natural history prints; oil lamps; 1930s to 1950s kitchenware, pantry goods, and barware; fine linens and textiles; Canton and Chinese Export goods; eighteenth-century cookware; bamboo; cut glass; Hall pottery; Fenton glass; antique bottles; tins and tools; yellow ware, spongeware, and woodenware; oil lamps, other lamps, and lighting fixtures; books; vintage bottles and CT milk bottles; colonial-era arms and accoutrements; advertising signs and boxes; primitives; ironstone; wire baskets, galvanized tubs, and laundry items; early Americana, including that of local interest; paintings; children’s collectibles and vintage toys; nautical/marine antiques and fine art; Victorian folk art; and shell art.
Fashion enthusiasts will find antique jewelry; vintage designer costume jewelry; vintage designer handbags; and vintage clothing, shoes, and hats.
As is traditional, the Fair features coffee service in the morning and sidewalk cafe seating for your comfort all day. Fresh-made offerings from Spice catering of Durham, CT, will provide an array of menu items including pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, grilled chicken sandwiches, salad, hot dogs, and hamburgers.
The Madison Historical Society welcome booth, located near the Church Entrance Gate, offers MHS membership information and Historical Happenings newsletters. Books on Madison history are also available for purchase here.
Just steps from the Fair is the MHS's Lee's Academy, home to our administrative offices and our exhibition hall. From 11:00 to 4:00 pm, drop by our summer exhibition, which features fascinating stories and artifacts from Madison's past. In 2015 visitors can 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 am to 4:00 pm, rain or shine
Date: The Saturday before Labor Day weekend (August 22, 2015)
Admission Fee: $7.00 ($6 with our newspaper ad); children twelve and under are free.
Pets on leashes are welcome; any damages to exhibitor displays/wares are the responsibility of the pet owner.
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.
For a discount of $1 off the price of admission for one individual, please print the ad that will soon appear on our home page. Ads will also be available in local newspapers and retail establishments and at our offices.
Exhibitor inquiries are welcome. Please call the MHS at (203) 245-4567 or contact the fair manager by email. Exhibitors may also call the fair manager at 203.458.3938.