Waterford Historical Society (Connecticut) official seal.

Waterford Historical Society (CT)

The Ralph Madara Blacksmith Shop

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

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

The Blacksmith Shop is equipped with a working forge and numerous "smithing tools." An enthusiastic and talented cadre of blacksmiths gather regularly under the tutelage of Charlie Sedell, a retired welder, who oversees the smithy.

One must be a member of the Waterford Historical Society to work in the forge. Membership information is available here: https://www.waterfordcthistoricalsociety.org/membership-.html

The public is welcome to observe the blacksmith shop's operation. The hours of operation are posted on the Society's Facebook page.