Madison Georgia – best small town in America

Where is Madison ? Just 60 miles outside Atlanta Ga USA

Population: Less than 4000

Reasons to visit:

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It is one of the most picturesque towns you will find in North America. It is listed as the best small town in North America by holiday magazine. it is listed as one of 16th most beautiful small towns in the world by Budget Travel Magazine. Tree line streets, cafes and art galleries with locals and tourists sitting outside and passing their day are common place here. 

History

The story goes Sherman loved this town so he refused to burn it. Madison was incorporated as the seat of Morgan Country in 1809. It was described in a 19th century issue of White’s statistics of Georgia as the most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans. Wealthy planters built fine plantation homes in the country and some built elegant town houses in Madison also. Madison grew as the cotton economy prospered through the first half of the 19th century. Professional people, educators and craftsmen moved to Madison and the buildings erected during this period reflect the town’s growth and prosperity.

A large portion of Madison’s existing residential historic architecture was completed between 1830 and 1860.  A detachment of General Sherman’s union Army, under the command of general Slocum, came through Downtown Madison during their march from Atlanta to Savannah in November 1864. It is said that during this march Senator Joshua Hill is said to have led a delegation of men that rode out to meet with General Slocum and reminded him of the Gentlemen’s Agreement they had made not to burn the houses in Madison. This is documented in Sherman’s memoirs. Hill was a strong Unionist who had resigned his seat in Congress in 1861 rather than join the rest of the Georgia delegation in seceding from the Union.

 

Today Madison has a wealth of Antebellum and Victorian Structures, from modest cottages to opulent town houses with formal boxwood gardens to nationally recognized public buildings. These structures stand today as monuments to an era when cotton was king.

From quaint Inn’s to cute cafe’s and art galleries Madison is a gem of a town with that perfect feel to it. It is one of the most popular places to retire in the USA and you can see why when you are here. Just walking around and soaking up the atmosphere is enough settle the mind and relax the soul.

Reba Mcentire has just finished filming her latest pilot and a skew of TV shows and movies have been shot here including Goosebumps,  Mena, the Odd Life of Timothy Green, the Footloose remake, the Accountant, In Dubious Battle all found their way to the Morgan County seat.

Madison is also a large wedding venue. Well it is the south after all 🙂 Would I recommend it? HELL YEAH 🙂

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About Sandra

Just a girl from Ireland who wants to live everywhere. Not a planner, a winger when it comes to travel. I don't even like people who plan too much. Without spontaneity there is no depth. A jack of all trades. A great friend, loyal and passionate and I expect the same in return. Always ready for the next adventure at a moments notice.
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