Since 1996, the Madison County Historical Society has been honoring the hop growing heritage of Madison County,  with Hop Fest,  a celebration of history, local food, hops and beer, on the grounds of the Cottage Lawn Museum in Oneida, NY.  Hop Fest proceeds support the educational programming of the Madison County Historical Society.

Madison County Hop Fest 2014 will be the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13.  

Hop Fest 2021 Poster

Hop Heritage Programs
Saturday, Sept. 18 


held at the new Oneida Library, 459 Main Street, Oneida (Next door to the Madison County Historical Society)

     Hop Heritage Program Schedule
                  free to attend all programs

10:30 am: Showing of film, "When Hop Was King in
                   Central New York"


11:00 am: Al Bullard presents Hop House Survey 

11:30 am: NYS Barn Tax Credit Bill Discussion
                 presented by
        NYS District 53 Senator Rachel May
        NYS Barn Coalition President Michael  A.

        Tomlan Ph.D.   
        Preservation Assn CNY President Andy Roblee

12:30 pm: Carl Stearns presents Hop Houses in Madison County

1:00 pm:  Al Bullard presents Hop Heritage in Delaware, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, and Schoharie. Information will be shared on Onondaga Historical Association's new Brewseum at Heritage Hill Brewhouse 

2:00 pm:  Al Bullard and Dot Willsey present Hop Collections including hop tool identification, china, and memorabilia 

Celebrate the Madison County Hop Fest’s 25th Annual on September 17-18, 2021 with us! 

The Madison County Hop Fest celebrates the past, present, and prosperous future of the hop industry in Madison County and throughout NYS. At the 25th Annual Madison County Hop Fest we will have programs about hop culture in NYS, home brewing demonstrations, exhibits on the history of hops, vendors selling hop-related merchandise, hop farmers, beer clubs, paired beer dinner, food trucks, raffle, live music, sampling of a variety of craft beer, and the crowning of Hop King 2021! 

There is no admission to attend the Madison County Hop Fest. There is an admission fee for the Paired Beer Dinner and Craft Beer Sampling. Participants must be 21+ years of age to sample the craft beer at the Hop Fest.  The Madison County Hop Fest is made possible from the generous support from The Gorman Foundation, White’s Farm Supply, Inc., Cricket Wireless, Tanner Insurance Agency Inc., Liberty Tabletop, and Hartman Enterprises, Inc. The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in Oneida.  


COVID-19 Guidelines for the

Madison County Hop Fest

Everyone attending the Madison County Hop Fest this year must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, i.e. original vaccination card, copy of vaccination card (must be a clear picture of vaccination card on your phone), or Excelsior pass to security prior to entering the Madison County Historical Society’s grounds on September 18. Attendees at the Paired Beer Dinner on Sept. 17 at Foothill Hops Farm Brewery must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, i.e. original vaccination card, copy of vaccination,(must be a clear picture of vaccination card on your phone), or Excelsior pass upon entry to the brewery. The Madison County Hop Fest will be presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements as of the date of the event, affecting capacity, attendance prerequisites, procedures, and other preventative measures. Should the Hop Fest be canceled due to state and local rules and regulations prohibiting events to occur as a result of COVID-19, then a full refund will be honored.

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Saturday, September 18
on Historical Society's grounds 
2:00 pm- 5:30 pm


Proceeds from the Hop Fest        benefit the Madison County Historical Society.

If you would like to make a donation to support the Madison County Historical Society, please do so. With your support, you are helping the Historical Society to continue to develop programs, offer services, and maintain our collections for those studying the history of Madison County.