It’s no wonder Sherman refused to burn the city of Madison, Georgia, some 150 years ago. A magical southern town of more than 100 antebellum homes and buildings, Madison was described before the Civil War as “The most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans.”
And no season illustrates that glowing assessment more than Christmas, when all are invited to step inside lavishly decorated mansions during Madison’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Whether opting for a daytime tour or candlelight experience, visitors never fail to be awestruck by the beauty and rich southern heritage on display in this mixture of private homes, historic house museums, and churches.
Hosted by the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, the tour takes place mostly in the National Register Historic District, which boasts of the largest collection of 19th century architecture in Georgia with its mix of Greek revival, late Victorian and Romanesque style buildings. In fact, Madison is so beautiful, it was recently named one of Budget Travel Magazine’s “16 Most Beautiful Towns in the World,” and one of Southern Living Magazine’s top 10 “South’s Best Small Towns!”
Completing this holiday treat is a stroll through the festively decorated downtown sampling holiday treats at one of the many restaurants or sweet shops, and perusing through the antiques shops and specialty stores that add to the town’s charming character.
Check back soon for details on the 2018 Holiday Tour of Homes which will be held the first weekend in December.