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Madison offers an unexpected wealth of pleasures for visitors. For the history-minded, there are centuries-old landmarks, homes, communities and antique shops. For the nature lover, every imaginable recreation is available in the broad expanses of forests, rivers, lakes and springs, where bike trails, canoe trails, equestrian paths and hiking trails abound.

The town of Madison, with a population of just over 3000, is designated one of the Best Little Towns in Florida by VISIT FLORIDA, the state tourism development agency.

In the heart of downtown Madison is Four Freedoms Park, home to the Four Freedoms monument. President Franklin D. Roosevelt commissioned the monument in honor of the late Captain Colin P. Kelly, a Madison native and the first U.S. war hero of World War II. (Picture above.)

The picture above of the stately mansion is one built by William A. Hammerly in 1860 for Benjamin F. Wardlaw. Both the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Building Survey recognize it as an example of classic revival architecture. The house was used as a hospital after the Battle of Olustee, near Lake City, in 1864. It was purchased by North Florida Community College in 1988 and is now preserved and used as a conference center for the six rural counties served by the college.

"Certainly, our permanent residents live in the present, but our respect for history has resulted in an extraordinary preservation of the past. Our antebellum mansions and the gabled roofs of neo-Greco architecture invite today’s visitors to enjoy our rich heritage."


GPS Coordinates

1) Center of Town, Park and Courthouse
30.469514, -83.410122

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