History & Heritage Tour
(Example Itinerary for Group Tour Operators)
10am – Begin your tour at the Madison Welcome Center, once the old firehouse and city hall, built in 1887. Located in downtown Madison, you’ll find a vibrant downtown that boasts of unique boutiques, eateries, a town park, and the largest tearoom in North America. Begin with a tour of the historic district, a rich tapestry of some of Georgia’s finest architecture. Choose to let the group loose with their self-guided walking guide or opt for a step-on guide to be your host (*see information below for customized tour contacts).
11am – Experience the height of extravagance during the era of Cotton plantations, when cotton was king. Known as Madison’s Antebellum Dame, Heritage Hall was built in 1811 by Dr. Elijah Evans Jones, a prominent physician in Madison. Listed as a medical doctor at the young age of 22 with only one year of medical school, the term “practicing medicine” was seemingly literal terminology during this time for him and others in his profession. Enjoy a docent led tour and hear all of the stories of those that once lived within its walls. Special Note – the story of its window etchings is a visitor favorite. (Cost: $10/person or $15/person if combined with Rogers House & Rose Cottage – guided tour) http://www.friendsofheritagehall.org/
12pm – Take a break and explore the many flavors that Madison has to offer (Reservations can be made in advance). To view a listing of shops and restaurants, click here.
1pm – Spend some time perusing through the antiques shops, specialty stores, and sweet shops that add to the town’s charming character.
2pm – Experience the Morgan County African American Museum, a key educational and cultural resource for Morgan County and the entire southeast region, offering a wide array of exhibitions, programs, and events geared to adults, families, and students of all ages. (Cost: $5/person – $3/students – guided tour) http://www.mcaam.org/
3pm – Your next stop is Rogers House, one of the oldest houses in Madison, built the same year Madison was incorporated, in 1809. This home, a fine example of Piedmont Plain architecture, is decorated with 19th century furnishings. (Cost: $7/person for both Rogers House/Rose Cottage or $15/person if combined with Heritage Hall – guided tour)
3:30pm – Just next door, you’ll find Rose Cottage, built by Adeline Rose in 1891. Adeline was born to enslaved parents and made her living taking in laundry for boarders at The Hardy House, which was owned by famous comedian Oliver Hardy’s mother at that time. She built this house for $100. (Cost: included in Rogers House cost – guided tour)
Enjoy an elegant dinner at one of Madison’s exceptional restaurants, catch a performance at The Cultural Center or some live music at Perk Avenue!