Historic Antebellum house in Madison, Georgia.

Madison, Georgia

Madison is a small city situated in Morgan County in the US State of Georgia. Placed between the mountains and plains, Madison is one of Georgia's largest historic districts. It is a town containing some of America's most treasured architecture, a place where the best of the past merges with the hope of the future. People visit Madison for all kinds of reasons: the spectacular antebellum and Victorian homes, several outdoor activities, world-class cultural events, and unique shops and restaurants. The city is well-known for its high quality of life, providing its citizens with excellent public and private places to visit.

Geography And Climate Of Madison

Morgan County Court House in Madison, Georgia
Morgan County Court House in Madison, Georgia. 

Madison is in the heart of the Piedmont region, just an hour east of Atlanta, located exactly between Atlanta and Augusta. Madison covers a total area of 22.94 sq. km, of which 22.75 sq. km is occupied by land, and 0.19 sq. km is covered by water. The climate in Madison is hot and muggy in the summer, short, chilly, and rainy in the winter, and partly cloudy most of the time. The average annual temperature fluctuates between 37°F and 90°F, rarely falling below 24°F or rising above 97°F. From May 24 to September 17, the hot season, which has an average daily high temperature exceeding 83°F, lasts for 3.8 months. The hottest month of the year in Madison is July when highs average 90°F and low 72°F. Between November 28 and February 26, which is the length of the cool season, the daily high temperature typically falls below 62°F. January has an average low temperature of 37°F and a high temperature of 55°F, making it the year's coldest month in Madison.

Brief History Of Madison

Historic Antebellum house in Madison, Georgia
Historic Antebellum house in Madison, Georgia. 

Madison, the county’s capital and main town was founded in 1809. Madison is an authentic small southern town named after President James Madison and was one of the first cities named after him. Most of Madison’s stunning houses were built between 1830 and 1860, a time when cotton was king, and the prosperous citizens of Madison constructed townhomes to complement their rural plantations.

The Population And Economy Of Madison

Raceway gas station store front in Madison, Georgia
Raceway gas station store front in Madison, Georgia. Editorial credit: Alejandro Guzmani / Shutterstock.com

As per the latest US Census, Madison, Georgia, has a population of 4,447 residents. Of this population, 49.4% were male, and 50.6% were female. In terms of age distribution, 6% were under five years old, 23.3% were under 18 years old, and 17.7% were over 65 years old. Regarding the population's ethnicity, 49.81% were White, 43.15% were black or African American, Native Americans were 0.2%, Asians were 0.74%, Other races were 2.99%, and 3.1% were Hispanic or Latino. According to the same census, 61.6% of Madison's population aged 16 years and older were in the civilian labor force (58.4% female), and 14.5% were living in poverty. The median household income (2016-2020) was $51,142, and the per capita income in the past 12 months was $24,772.

Attractions In Madison

Madison, Georgia, antebellum homes district
Madison, Georgia, antebellum homes district. 

Heritage Hall

One of Madison's many antebellum homes, Heritage Hall was built in the early 1800s. It was built by Dr. Elijah Jones, a physician with the Confederate army. It constitutes a bedroom called the ghost bedroom; some visitors say they have seen the ghost of the young mother here. Hence, those interested in exploring this mysterious yet beautiful house can book a guided tour.

Madison Morgan Cultural Center

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center served as one of Georgia's first graded schools. The center today accommodates a range of theatrical, dance, and musical performances.

Town Park

Town Park serves as a meeting space in the community. However, it is also where one will find festivals like the firefly festival, Madison fest and other fun gatherings in the community.

Madison, Georgia, is a lovely place to visit due to the many touristic attractions that it boasts of. Tourists have several activities to do while visiting this historic and unique city. They will be entertained and educated about the past by visiting the city's numerous antebellum houses.

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