The Allis-Bushnell House
853 Boston Post Road
The Allis-Bushnell House was once home to Madison's prominent Bushnell and Scranton families. Built in 1785, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Visitors to the Allis-Bushnell House can experience five historic days that unfolded within its rooms or in homes nearby.
The home's lower-level rooms, each with distinct period architectural features, are decorated with period furniture, domestic implements, decorative arts, and paintings that illustrate how life was lived in Madison in five time periods from colonial days through the 1920s. Each of these scenic "sets" is complemented by stories, shared by our guides, of life in the house as it was during colonial days, the Revolutionary War period, the Civil War period, and the Colonial Revival era.
Public tours are given on CT Open House Day in early June and on the fourth Saturday in November, following Thanksgiving. Be sure to check our calendar for details.
The House is also opened on occasion throughout the year for special events, book talks, and exhibits. It is also the meetingplace for the MHS History Book Group, which meets at 7 pm on third Tuesdays.
Groups are welcome to arrange a private tour with advance reservations. Individuals may also request a private tour by special appointment. The House and its back lawn may also be rented for meetings, workshops, parties, and special occasions. Please call 203.245.4567 well in advance of the date you are hoping to visit or to use the facility.
The lower level of the house is accessible to all visitors; it has an ADA-compliant restroom and an ADA-compliant exterior walkway. The upper level is closed to all visitors.
Parking is available in a small lot at the back of the house or along the small lane that parallels the Boston Post Road in front of the house.
Strollers and backpacks are not permitted in the house.
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The Allis-Bushnell House Herb Garden
The Allis-Bushnell House features a lovely formal English-style herb garden incorporated into its back lawn. Planned, planted, and generously maintained by the Garden Club of Madison, the garden, located behind the house, features raised beds, walkways of crushed seashells, and plants and herbs typical of those used in earlier times.
The Allis-Bushnell House Annex
The long shed adjacent to the Allis-Bushnell driveway is its Annex an intriguing repository for practical household implements and agricultural and maritime tools of all kinds. Along with these are artifacts relating to the USS Monitor and its connection to Madison.
Our Thanks are Due
The Allis-Bushnell House was painted and reroofed during 2014, due to the generosity of a private donor and additional gifts from MHS members and many citizens of Madison. During 2015, the House received a new septic system, three new furnaces, a new kitchen, a new exterior walkway, and a new restroom, also supported with funds from members and a generous private donor.
Curious about our Historic Paint Colors?
After extensive research and consultation with experts in 2014, the Allis-Bushnell House received a fresh coat of paint.
Its clapboards are Knightley Straw by California Paints. http://www.californiapaints.com/find-color/color-collections/historical-colors-of-america.aspx
Its trim and its Annex are Hepplewhite Ivory by Benjamin Moore. http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/hepplewhiteivory