Today, for our look at doors, we’re visiting Madison, Georgia, population 3,636. The Historic District in Madison is one of the largest in the state with almost 100 antebellum homes (Homes built prior to the Civil War) that to this day are still lovingly cared for and lived in. Most have never been sold outside the family! Madison is featured on Georgia’s Antebellum Trail; a 100-mile trek through seven historic communities, that escaped Sherman’s burning march through Georgia, during the Civil War. Madison has been voted “The Prettiest Town in America.”
Madison was founded in 1807 and was named after President James Madison. It was described as “the most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans.” Many believe that General William Tecumsuh Sherman spared the town because it was too beautiful to burn down during his March to the Sea. But, in truth Madison was home to pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill, who had ties with Sherman’s brother at West Point. It’s not what you know, but who you know that counted here!
First, we have to get there! Just follow the country road and go through the covered bridge! There are not too many of these left either!
We might need to fill up now!
Entering Madison, first we looked at the business district, and the courthouse, well preserved on the town square!
and then some of the colorful shops ……….
You can see that the shops and stores are in the old, old buildings………that were once factories………
I didn’t take a photo of every house, but I should have! For most of the old homes I photographed the entire site, so you could get an idea of the size of the dwelling……..I don’t have the correct Southern drawl to just walk up to the front door and act like I’m a long lost relative, wanting to take a close up of their front door! Most of the homes sit on lots from old plantations. In 1890, the population was 2,131 and the town boasted an oil mill, a soap factory, a fertilizer factory, four steam ginneries, two carriage factories, a furniture factory, a grist and flour mill, bottling works, a distillery with a capacity of 120 gallons a day, an ice factory, a bank with a capitol of $75,000 and a number of individual businesses! They were very well off I’d say!
Then there are the smaller cottages, always my favorite!
One thing, I noticed was most of the homes were painted white and a few were yellow!
This one would definitely be worth fixing up!
For more of Madison, watch at the video!
I hope you have enjoyed some of the doors of Madison, Georgia! See you next week in another spot!
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