Please note, the above itinerary is just an example of a group itinerary. The CVB is happy to customize and coordinate your group travel plans, as well as assist with overnight accommodations that best fit your group’s interests. Check ahead for an advanced calendar of special happenings in town. There is always something new and exciting to share with our guests. For further assistance, please email [email protected].
– Heritage Hall offers groups a brief 15 minute step-on overview of the historic district as an add-on to the house ticket price. Call for fees – 706.342.9627
– North Georgia Tours offers customized walking and driving tours – Call for fees – (706) 207-4117 or (706) 340-4357.
Below are a few example itineraries to assist you in planning your group’s next trip:
The Madison-Morgan Welcome Center – Make the Madison Welcome Center your first stop and let us help you discover all there is to see and do! Built in 1887, the (now) Welcome Center was erected to house the first City Hall and firehouse. Of special interest, the fire pole still remains and the room at the rear of the building served as the calaboose (or town jail) as evidenced by the bars on the windows. Here, you may pick up your Visitor Guide and map to take the Audio Walking Tour of the Historic District (free and downloadable in the App Store – search “Madison GA Downtown Tour.”)
Heritage Hall – Heritage Hall is one of the finest of Madison’s antebellum homes and is open for daily guided tours. This Greek revival home was built in 1811 by Dr. Elijah Evans Jones, a prominent physician in Madison. Known for its window etchings, beautiful period furnishings, and exquisite architecture, this house has many stories to tell of the people that once lived within its walls.
Rogers House, built by Reuben Rogers in 1809, is a fine example of Piedmont Plain style architecture seen throughout the rural southern United States and is depictive of middle-class living in the 1800s. Designed as a two-over-two style, the house pre-dates the Morgan County Courthouse by almost one hundred years.
Rose Cottage was built by a woman who was born to enslaved parents. She took in laundry at $.50/load at the nearby boarding house, and built this home for $100. Admission: Heritage Hall – $10 | Rogers House/Rose Cottage – $7 | Combo ticket to see all three – $15
The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center – Built in 1895 as one of the first graded school houses in the Southeast, this grand school is open for touring Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: Adults – $5, Seniors $4, Students $3, and children under 6, Free.
The Morgan County African American Museum – John Wesley Moore was born in January 1862 in the last years of slavery, and lived to be forty-six years old. He married Dora Gordon on November 21, 1881, and they lived in a tenant house on land owned by a white farmer, James A. Fannin. The couple’s first child was born in October 1883. On April 10, 1890, Wesley Moore bought five acres of land as by that time he and his wife had four children. On October 31, 1899, Fannin deeded Moore forty-one acres of land “for five dollars in consideration of the service he has given me.” After Moore died in 1908, his widow inherited his land and other property. She lived in this house until her death in 1932. In 1989, this simple Folk Victorian one-story frame house was moved from the Moore farm, two miles south of town, to its current location. The house was restored for use as it stands now, the Morgan County African-American Museum. Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Students, $2.50 Senior Citizens
Steffen Thomas Museum – This museum houses hundreds of works by the late German-born artist, Steffen Thomas, a collection worthy of institutions in Atlanta, New York or any great city in the world. Born in 1906, he came to the United States in 1928, and settled in Buckhead, Atlanta in 1929 where he produced most of his work. His landmark Trilon sculpture in welded copper is just one of many fine examples of his art, and stands next to Colony Square on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, across from the Woodruff Arts Center. (706) 342.7557 | Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $3, Children under 6, Free