Waterford Historical Society (CT)
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."
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.