Waterford Historical Society (CT)

The Ralph Madara Blacksmith Shop

Waterford Historical Society (Connecticut) official seal.

​​​The Ralph Madara Blacksmith Shop became a reality on November 12, 1982, at an old-time barn-raising event.  A dedication plaque from 2011 reads:

"Ralph Madara Blacksmith Shop: His dedication - boundless; His passion - smithing;  His contributions - endless."

The Blacksmith Shop is equipped with a working forge and numerous "smithing tools." An enthusiastic and talented cadre of blacksmiths gather regularly and provide instruction in the art of forging. One must be a member of the Waterford Historical Society to work in the forge and must adhere strictly to the posted set of rules. Membership information is available here: https://www.waterfordcthistoricalsociety.org/membership-.html or membership forms are available at the shop. 


The public is welcome to observe the blacksmiths at work. The hours of operation -- usually from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on most Saturdays -- are posted on the Society's Facebook page.