Day trip: Madison, Georgia Oozes Southern Charm

By Jennifer McKee

One of Georgia’s largest and oldest National Historic Districts, Madison, Georgia is known for its antebellum homes, recreational opportunities and Southern grace. History buffs will recall that Madison is the town Sherman refused to burn on his infamous March to the Sea.

Shopping – Madison

An hour and a half from Augusta, Madison embraces that heritage; it’s an entry point to Georgia’s Antebellum Trail, a 100-mile journey through seven communities that escaped the Civil War. Find out more when you peruse its three antebellum home museums: Heritage Hall, Roger’s House and Rose Cottage (verify hours before visiting).

Small businesses abound on Main Street Madison, showcasing some of the Peach State’s best makers. Joining them are irresistible antique dealers, mom-and-pop restaurants and quaint inns and bed & breakfasts, all within an easy-to-navigate street system.

Those who love the great outdoors will be delighted to discover that Hard Labor Creek State Park, Georgia’s second-largest, is just a hop, skip and a jump from Madison. There are 17 miles of off-road biking trails, 22 miles of equestrian trails, a lake with a sand beach for swimming and fishing and a popular golf course. Need more than a day to take it in? There are more than 80 cottages, tent, trailer and RV campsites available.

The Madison Produce Company – Madison

Morgan County, in which Madison is located, is fast becoming the hub of Georgia’s local-food movement, and Farmview Market is its go-to spot. In addition to a fresh foods store, Farmview also houses an open-air farmers market from spring to fall, a gourmet farm-to-table cafe and a butcher shop.

But don’t just take our word for it—Madison’s allure has been featured in Garden & Gun magazine, Architectural Digest and Southern Living Magazine. Find out more at


All photos @Georgia Department of Economic Development

Have feedback or a story idea? Our publisher would love to hear from you!

9 + 7 =

Previous Issues

Best of Augusta 2019 Winners


Physicians’ Directory 2019

Check out our Physicians’ Directory App today!

Android Users Click Here

Related Articles

2020 Arts Awards

2020 Arts Awards

By Jennifer McKee Karlton Clay - Artist of the Year Award An alum of Davidson Fine Arts School, Karlton Clay has always had a passion for storytelling. He began to write at a young age, and got involved in production while at Davidson.  March 18, 2002 marked a turning...

A New View

A New View

By Don Rhodes WRDW-TV may be moving from North Augusta, but 66 years of memories are staying behind   From high on Summerville hill, where they lived on Heard Avenue near the Partridge Inn childhood friends Bob Smith and Dan Miller could see the new steel towers of...