Of all the great little towns in Georgia, we just had to write about Madison. The historic homes (Greek revival, Neoclassical Victorian and Romanesque) line the streets competing with huge oak trees and just dripping with charm. Named the “#1 Small Town America” by Travel Holiday Magazine, its no wonder why. As early as 1845, it was described as the “Most cultured and aristocratic town on the Stagecoach route from Charlestown to New Orleans” by the Georgia Guide. Those who retire in Madison, Georgia have a lot to brag about. More than 100 Antebellum homes have been restored in the Historic District.
Just 40 miles east of Atlanta, Madison enjoys weekend visitors escaping from big city life. They can stay in modern hotels around the town or be lucky enough to find a bed and breakfast in the historic district and stay in one of the grand dames of the old south. If you really want to get to know Madison, stay in a B&B and hear the history of the town and the home where you now reside.
Named for President James Madison, this is a town of just 4,000 people in Morgan County and was first settled in 1807. The story goes that the town was spared during the Civil War’s epic Sherman’s March to the Sea because it was the home of pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill.
Madison is famous not only for it’s architecture, but as home to more than 100 antique shops. There are also more than 45 specialty shops, restaurants, museums, and a great visitors center where you can catch a walking tour of the city.
But what would it be like to retire in Madison, Georgia? The median price of recently sold homes is $220,000 although homes in the historic district are significantly higher. The median rental price is in the $650-750 range for a two bedroom. We found this really nice home listed at $175,000 with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 1,500 square feet in a nice neighborhood. The crime rate in Madison is about the same as the rest of the state. The closest airport is an hour away in Atlanta. There are two hospitals in Madison and two more north in Athens, Georgia.
Some of the events that caught our eye at the Visitor’s Center include the Firefly Festival in July, the Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes and Gardens. The Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off and Fall Festival is in October. Nearby you will find the Hard Creek State Park with miles and miles of beautiful hiking trails in the woods and the Creek Golf Course. One of the fun places in town is Ricky D’s Hollywood Museum!
Madison is just charming, cute, historic, and so much more. If you are going in your RV, the Country Boy RV Park is highly rated with big shaded sites.
Zoom in and out on the map below to see roads and attractions!