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.
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.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 https://visitmadisonga.com/
All photos @Georgia Department of Economic Development