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Local and Regional Favorites

Madison's Heritage: Historical Sketches of Madison, Connecticut. Edited by Philip S. Platt. Madison, CT: Madison Historical Society, 1964

Madison: Three Hundred Years by the Sea: Farmers and Fisherman; Sailors and Summer Folk. Edited by Stephen P. Elliott. Madison, CT: Madison Bicentennial Committee, 1976

Madison's Trails: A Guide to Their Use and Enjoyment. Madison Land Conservation Trust, revision 2004.

The Green People: A Walking Tour of the Green, Madison, Connecticut. By Warner P. Lord. Madison, CT: Charlotte L. Evarts Memorial Archives, Inc., 2003

Madison Connecticut in the Twentieth Century. (The American Heritage Series, Charlotte Evarts Archives and the Madison Historical Society). Warner P. Lord and Beverly J. Montgomery. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 1998

The History of North Madison, Connecticut. Merritt W. Cleaver. Revised and enlarged edition, 2006.

A Treasury of Guilford Places. Joel Eliot Helander. 2009

The Old Leather Man. Dan W. Deluca. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2009.

Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938. By R. A. Scotti. New York and Boston: Back Bay Books; Little, Brown and Company, 2003

Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy. M. Williams Phelps. Thomas Dunne Books, 2008.

American History and Culture

America and the Sea: A Maritime History. By Benjamin W. Labaree, Edward W. Sloan, et al. Mystic, CT: American Maritime Library: Mystic Seaport Museum, 1998

In Small Things Forgotten: The Archaeology of Early American Life. By James Deetz. New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1977

The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of American Myth. By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001

Young Men and the Sea: Yankee Seafarers in the Age of Sail. By Daniel Vickers. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005

A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America. By James E. Mcwilliams. Columbia University Press, 2005

James Madison: Philosopher, Founder, and Statesman. By John R. Vile. Ohio University Press, 2008

The Rockets' Red Glare: The War of 1812 and Connecticut. By Glenn S. Gordinier. New London County Historical Society, 2012

Architecture and Preservation

A Field Guide to American Houses. By Virginia McAlester. Knopf, 1984

Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice. By Norman Tyler.W.W. Norton & Company, 1999

Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America. By William J. Murtagh. Wiley, 2005

Restoring Women's History Through Historic Preservation. By Gail Lee DuBrow and Jennifer B. Goodman. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002

Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home, The American Home from 1790--1840. By Jack Larkin. Newtown, CT: Taunton Press, 2006

Historic Gardening

Flowers and Herbs of Early America. Lawrence Griffith. Yale University Press, 2008

American Home Landscapes: A Design Guide to Creating Period Garden Styles. Denise Wiles Adams. Timber Press, 2013

Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640-1940. Denise Wiles Adams. Timber Press, 2004

Books for Children and Families

A New England Scrapbook: A Journey Through Poetry, Prose, and Pictures. Written and illustrated by Loretta Krupinski. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1994. Reading level: ages 4-8; 40 pages

Giants in the Land. By Diana Appelbaum; illustrated by Michael McCurdy. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993. Reading level, ages 4-8; 32 pages

Hear That Train Whistle Blow!: How the Railroad Changed the World. By Milton Meltzer. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2005. Reading level: ages 11-12; 157 pages

Voices from Colonial America: Connecticut 1614--1776. By Michael Burgan. National Geographic Children's Books, Random House, 2007. Reading level, ages 9-12, 112 pages

A few of these titles are available for sale at the Madison Historical Society administrative offices at Lee's Academy (14 Meetinghouse Lane, Madison, CT). You may purchase these when you visit us.

At this time, we do not take orders by phone or mail, so if you wish to obtain a copy before your visit to Madison, please consider the following sources:

R. J. Julia Booksellers
E. C. Scranton Memorial Library

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