Madison, Georgia was named for former President James Madison, and incorporated in 1866. Like many southern towns, Madison flourished on the cotton economy, and wealthy planters built large homes here.
It won't take a visitor long to notice that Madison clearly cherishes its history and charm. In fact, it boasts the largest designated historic district in Georgia. The Visitors Center is a helpful first stop before exploring Madison's beautiful downtown. An impressive restored brick school houses The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Located in the historic district, the Center offers fascinating insight into regional history and makes for a Madison must-do. The Morgan County African-American Museum is a noteworthy museum, dedicated to promoting awareness of African-Americans contributions to the culture of the South.
Brick sidewalks, well-maintained storefronts, and beautiful planters set the stage for charming specialty shops, local art shops, and casual dining. The town square is full of stately magnolias and anchors the downtown district. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a break from shopping and simply enjoy this town's beauty. A small, delightful town, Madison is the kind of place you visit and wish you called home.
For those who enjoy beautiful homes, Madison offers endless pleasure. A number of Madison's prestigious and historic homes are open for tours, and many others are just fabulous to stroll past and admire. December brings Madison's popular Town and Country Holiday Tours of homes. Carriage tours are a popular treat.
An extensive array of recreational opportunities can be found at the nearly 6,000-acre Hard Labor Creek State Park. While best known for its wonderful golf course, it also offers 22 miles of horseback riding trails, a lakeside beach, hiking, cottages and camping.
Madison is located in northeast Georgia between Atlanta and Augusta, Athens and Macon at the intersection of Highway 441 and Interstate 20.