The Madison Historical Society Administrative Offices at Lee's Academy
Mailing address: P. O. Box 17, Madison, CT 06443
Physical Address: 14 Meetinghouse Lane
Our administrative offices, located on the upper level of Lee's Academy at the eastern end of the Madison green, can be reached year-round. The regular office hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
We are typically closed the last two weeks in December. You may leave us a phone message or contact us by
Note: The upper level of the Academy is not currently accessible to people with disabilities that require the use of a wheelchair.
Exhibition Hall at Lee's Academy
14 Meetinghouse Lane
Lee's Academy houses the Madison Historical Society's exhibition hall on its lower floor. At this time, we welcome visitors to a themed summer exhibition from early June through late August, on specified Saturdays only, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. Please see our Calendar for a listing of the Saturday openings. People with disabilities that require the use of a wheelchair should call in advance so that we may make the available accommodations for your visit.
The Allis-Bushnell House
853 Boston Post Road
The Allis-Bushnell House is open to members and to the public for special seasonal events and open houses that can occur throughout the year. Please see our Calendar for Allis-Bushnell House events. Guided tours of the special exhibition "Five Days in Madison" at the Allis-Bushnell House can be arranged by appointment for groups throughout the year.
The grounds of the Allis-Bushnell House are open year-round at no cost to visitors. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our formal herb garden from 8:00 a.m. to sundown. Picnicking is permitted on the back lawn. We have no restroom facilities for picnickers.
The Allis-Bushnell House has both a lower level and an upper level. Tours include only the lower level. People with disabilities that require the use of a wheelchair should call in advance so that we may make the available accommodations for your visit. Currently, the only restroom in the Allis-Bushnell House is not available to visitors who require the use of a wheelchair. In 2016, we hope to unveil a brand-new, lower-level ADA-compliant restroom. We thank you for your patience, and we thank our special donors for their generous financial support.
We ask that strollers and backpacks be left outside or in your car.
There is no admission fee for our special exhibitions at Lee's Academy. Some of the special events at the Allis-Bushnell House may, on occasion, have a modest admission fee per person or per family, with discounts offered to members. There is a modest charge for both members and the public for our educational Frederick Lee Lectures. There is no charge for the MHS History Book Group or for our members' program, Conversations with the Curator. For guided field trips to our historic Smallpox Cemetery, members and children under 18 are welcome at no charge; members of the public pay $5. Please see our events descriptions for further information. Donations to help us defray the costs of programs and services are always gratefully accepted.
Fundraisers such as our Remarkable Homes Tour, our Straw Hat Soiree, and our Antiques Fair do require a purchased ticket; members' tickets are discounted. We thank you for your generous support.
Special tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more visitors. Please call to let us know how we can tailor our guided tours to your interests. Advance arrangements should be made two weeks prior to your visit. Call 203.245.4567 or contact us by
Visiting the Smallpox Cemetery
One of the area's most precious and fragile historic treasures is the tiny and secluded Smallpox Cemetery, owned and maintained by the Madison Historical Society. The MHS gains access to the property through a legal right-of-way. Due to its location and fragility, guided tours are required. Arrangements for these must be made in advance. Walking tours to the site are confined to certain months, weather and soil condition permitting. Proper footwear for New England terrain is highly recommended. The site is not wheelchair-accessible. Inquiries are welcome; please call us at 203.245.4567.