About Madison, Georgia
A historic treasure of architectural and cultural significance, Madison’s small town feel delights visitors and locals alike.
Named in honor of former U.S. president James Madison, the town was spared from destruction by Sherman’s army during the American Civil War because it was the home of pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill. Today, Madison boasts the largest historic district in Georgia, which contains a wealth of antebellum and Victorian homes and makes the town a key stop along the famed Georgia Antebellum Trail, the March to the Sea Civil War Heritage Trail, and the Georgia Antiques Trail.
Being the county seat of Morgan County, the town also features the Morgan County Courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Beyond the antebellum charm, the town features many amenities of a larger city, including a historic downtown with numerous shopping and dining opportunities. At the heart of Madison's cultural life is the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, housed in an adaptively used Romanesque-Revival style school from 1895.
Madison is also home to the Morgan County African-American Museum and several house museums, including the Rogers House (1810), Heritage Hall (1811), and the Rose Cottage (1891).
The City's Historic Preservation Commission was created in 1987 and administers the community's historic preservation ordinance. Madison has been designated a Certified Local Government by the National Park Service and is also a Main Street Community.
Conveniently located 60 miles from Atlanta, Madison is a must see for both vacationers and those seeking a permanent home.