Once described in the 1845 Guide to Georgia as the “most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charlestown to New Orleans,” Madison remains a genteel reminder of the country’s southern beauty and grace spared by General Sherman’s torch in his infamous March to the Sea. In 1864, Madison lay in the path of approaching Federal forces. Fortunately, Madison attorney, former U.S. Senator and staunch Unionist Joshua Hill met with Sherman’s approaching General Slocum, who agreed to spare the city; his forces burning only the industrial and railroad facilities that supported the Confederacy.
Today, as evidenced through many years of thoughtful preservation, Madison remains a true architectural gem of the past, earning it a place on Budget Travel Magazine’s list as one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Towns.” And also boasting one of the largest historic districts in Georgia, Madison delivers no shortage of history and heritage to explore: from an impressive 1895 Romanesque Revival school building to a collection of over 50 antebellum homes, including the Joshua Hill home, a private residence today.
Be sure to stop in at the Welcome Center (housed in the 1887 firehouse) where staff can assist with downloading a free audio walking tour app. Let this valuable resource be your guide during your excursion, showcasing the many places where history and lore line the streets. After strolling or bicycling past antebellum architecture, make sure to re-fuel at one of Madison’s unique downtown eateries, shop for antiques and treasures, and close out your day soaking in the south at one their charming B&B’s.
Madison-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Located on the square in Downtown Madison
115 E. Jefferson St.
Madison, GA 30650
Welcome Center Open Daily