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Antiques Fair

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-third year in 2014, the fair is once again 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; silver; porcelains; rugs; wicker; prints; clocks; architectural design furnishings; country collectibles; 16th through 19th-century maps of local, state and international interest; Audubon bird prints and natural history prints; oil lamps; chintz; 1930s to 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-century cookware; bamboo; cut glass; Hall pottery; Fenton glass; late 18th- and 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; antique 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-era 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.

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 both on and 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 Lee's Academy, home to both the MHS administrative offices and its 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 2014 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 am to 4:00 pm, rain or shine
Date: The Saturday before Labor Day weekend (August 23, 2014)
Admission Fee: $7.00 ($6 with discount coupon or 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 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.


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