Sunday, June 25, 2017, 11 am to 4 pm
The Tour of Remarkable Homes, in its fifth year in 2017, is organized and hosted by the Madison Historical Society. Funds raised through this annual event are used for the maintenance of our historic properties, the conservation of our collection, and for our educational programming.
Together with generous grants and donations from MHS members and friends, the proceeds of the Tour enables us to continue to preserve and protect our historic properties and to care for our collection of treasures from Madison's rich past.
Each year the Tour provides the rare opportunity for guests to explore five of Madison’s most unique private residences. Each home is remarkable for its age, size, location, or distinctive architecture and landscaping. The homes can be visited in any order and at your own pace. You may wish to travel from house to house by car or by bicycle. Guides are stationed at each location to provide background information about each home and its interesting design features and history. The tour price includes a Tour Program Book, which serves as your admission to each property. The program book is full of useful information, including the tour map.
In 2016 we added a new tradition. In addition to the five featured homes, visitors were invited to stop at the Allis-Bushnell House for light refreshments and a guided or self-guided tour. Owned and protected by the MHS for nearly 100 years, the house museum’s lower level has recently been made accessible to all town residents with the addition of an ADA-compliant ramp and restroom.
Visit our Flickr page to see exterior images of the homes featured on this year's tour. You can purchase your 2017 Tour of Remarkable Homes tickets online by clicking the link below or by calling 203-245-4567.
Important Visitor Information
Hours: 11 am to 4 pm, rain or shine
Date: Sunday June 25, 2017
Admission Fee: $35 prior to the event; $40 day of the event
Day of the event: Tickets are available for sale at Lee's Academy - 14 Meetinghouse Lane on the Madison 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, and make a right onto Meetinghouse Lane on the eastern side of the Madison Green. Lee's Academy is located behind the Memorial Town Hall.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I pick up tickets?
Guests can pick up advance-reservation tickets at Lee’s Academy, at 14 Meetinghouse Lane, between 10:30 am and 3 pm on the day of the tour. You will receive a program book that will serve as your admission ticket to each home. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event at this same location.
How do I pay for my ticket?
All forms of payment are accepted, including cash, check, or major credit cards. Please note that same-day ticket purchases are $40; tickets purchased in advance of the Tour day are $35.
Are children allowed on the Tour?
Infants and children ages twelve and older are welcome to attend, but, in general, the Tour is not intended for young children. You may carry your infant into the homes; please note that strollers and backpacks cannot be brought into any of the residences.
What is the tour route?
The homes are generally within a two-mile radius of Madison’s downtown historic district. The Home Tour Program Book includes a map to guide you to each property. Docents at each site can suggest recommended routes, but you may visit the homes in any order that you wish. Please note that, for the homeowners’ privacy and protection, we do not reveal the addresses before the event.
Are any hotels located close to the tour route?
Madison is a historic shoreline town with several lodging options close to the downtown historic district. The Madison Beach Hotel, the Scranton Seahorse Inn, and the Tidewater Inn all offer reduced rates for visitors attending the tour.
Is transportation provided?
You must provide your own transportation to each residence. The houses are as much as a few miles apart, so we recommend driving. Biking, however, is certainly an option. We strongly recommend comfortable walking shoes for your tour of the homes and their gardens.
What happens in the case of rain?
The tour goes on, rain or shine!
Where should I park?
You will find ample parking around the town green where you must check in to get your tour program book. The program book provides directions to the homes as well as instructions on where to park at each individual residence. In some instances, parking attendants will be present at the house to assist with traffic and to make parking suggestions.