Magnificently placed on Main Street, Heritage Hall continues to inspire those who pass by with its grandeur and stateliness – a time capsule of how some of Madison’s wealthiest citizens lived before the Civil War.

 

This historic house museum offers a chance for visitors to step back in time as they enter through the giant wood door and are greeted in the parlor by local Madisonians, excited to share the home’s ongoing story of preservation, perseverance and even a bit of peculiarity.

 

Preservation

Built in 1811, Heritage Hall stands as a testament to life in the 19th century. Until 1977, this Greek Revival mansion remained in the hands of private residents, while the home’s conservation is continued today by the Morgan County Historical Society. When you arrive, if you are not overwhelmed by the 14-foot ceilings on each floor, you will notice the attention to keeping this house historically accurate. Thanks to the donation of a local family whose own home – the Stokes McHenry Home – has housed their family here in Madison for eight generations, Heritage Hall was able to pick period furniture pieces from the family’s vast collection to share the true experience of what Madison’s high society homes and décor were like in the 1800s.

 

Perseverance

When you are walking by Heritage Hall, there is this indescribable feeling of timelessness in the design of the building. It is amazing to think that nearly 200 years ago there was a fascination with the art, architecture, philosophy and government of a culture existing more than 1,000 years prior that would inspire not only the democratic ideals of our founding fathers, but also the design of our nation’s Capitol Building, as well as many of the homes of our nation’s most elite citizens.

 

The ambitious nature of Heritage Hall lived on past its original construction in 1811 to the radical changes its owner. Dr. Jones, made to transform it in the 1840s or 1850s into the Greek Revival masterpiece you see today. And not just any white column mansion would do, Dr. Jones made sure only two of his home’s six columns displayed the unique square shape that sets Heritage Hall apart from the other Greek Revival homes seen about Madison. Even when a portion of the home’s land was sold in 1909 for the construction of the New Methodist Church, Heritage Hall continued to persevere. The house had to be lifted onto logs and moved 200 yards north, by horses and mules, to where it currently sits. On top of that daunting task, it also had to be turned 90 degrees to face the street.

 

When the owners finally moved back into their home, the only problem reported was some minor damage to the ceiling. No matter how long it has been, you can still sense the spirit of perseverance at the heart of Heritage Hall.

 

Peculiarity

It’s no secret, this house has had its share of peculiar stories throughout its long history. Many guests who have toured the home have claimed to see unusual things happen. From the ghosts of past residents to the eerie sound of children laughing in the upstairs rooms, the home is host to numerous unexplained sightings and sounds. This seems to be reasonable to the Historical Society, who know of at least four to five people who took their last breaths in the home and have on display a beautifully intricate Victorian mourning wreath made of human hair to help commemorate such passings.

 

The accounts that come from those who tour the home makes this a favorite reason to plan a visit. On your next visit, decide for yourself whether the stories are fact or fiction. Although, you never know what you may encounter on your next trip through Heritage Hall.

Note: In accordance with current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, all tours must be booked in advance to control museum capacity. Groups are limited to 6 or less persons. To book your tour, call (706) 342-9627

 

Hours*: 

Tuesday – Saturday:
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday:
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

 

Admissions:
Admission includes a combination tour of Heritage Hall, Rogers House, and Rose Cottage. Tours of Heritage Hall are led by docents and last approximately 45 minutes.

 

  • Adults $15
  • Students $10
  • Children under 12 are free

 

Group Tours and Step-on Services:

Discount pricing is available for groups. Groups traveling in buses and motor coaches may request to have a narrated tour through the historical district in Madison. Narrated tours must be planned ahead of time, pricing available upon request.

 

*Please refer to MCHistorical.com for the most up-to-date information on hours, holidays, and other possible changes to the schedule.

ABOUT

Magnificently placed on Main Street, Heritage Hall continues to inspire those who pass by with its grandeur and stateliness – a time capsule of how some of Madison’s wealthiest citizens lived before the Civil War.

 

This historic house museum offers a chance for visitors to step back in time as they enter through the giant wood door and are greeted in the parlor by local Madisonians, excited to share the home’s ongoing story of preservation, perseverance and even a bit of peculiarity.

 

Preservation

Built in 1811, Heritage Hall stands as a testament to life in the 19th century. Until 1977, this Greek Revival mansion remained in the hands of private residents, while the home’s conservation is continued today by the Morgan County Historical Society. When you arrive, if you are not overwhelmed by the 14-foot ceilings on each floor, you will notice the attention to keeping this house historically accurate. Thanks to the donation of a local family whose own home – the Stokes McHenry Home – has housed their family here in Madison for eight generations, Heritage Hall was able to pick period furniture pieces from the family’s vast collection to share the true experience of what Madison’s high society homes and décor were like in the 1800s.

 

Perseverance

When you are walking by Heritage Hall, there is this indescribable feeling of timelessness in the design of the building. It is amazing to think that nearly 200 years ago there was a fascination with the art, architecture, philosophy and government of a culture existing more than 1,000 years prior that would inspire not only the democratic ideals of our founding fathers, but also the design of our nation’s Capitol Building, as well as many of the homes of our nation’s most elite citizens.

 

The ambitious nature of Heritage Hall lived on past its original construction in 1811 to the radical changes its owner. Dr. Jones, made to transform it in the 1840s or 1850s into the Greek Revival masterpiece you see today. And not just any white column mansion would do, Dr. Jones made sure only two of his home’s six columns displayed the unique square shape that sets Heritage Hall apart from the other Greek Revival homes seen about Madison. Even when a portion of the home’s land was sold in 1909 for the construction of the New Methodist Church, Heritage Hall continued to persevere. The house had to be lifted onto logs and moved 200 yards north, by horses and mules, to where it currently sits. On top of that daunting task, it also had to be turned 90 degrees to face the street. When the owners finally moved back into their home, the only problem reported was some minor damage to the ceiling. No matter how long it has been, you can still sense the spirit of perseverance at the heart of Heritage Hall.

 

Peculiarity

It’s no secret, this house has had its share of peculiar stories throughout its long history. Many guests who have toured the home have claimed to see unusual things happen. From the ghosts of past residents to the eerie sound of children laughing in the upstairs rooms, the home is host to numerous unexplained sightings and sounds. This seems to be reasonable to the Historical Society, who know of at least four to five people who took their last breaths in the home and have on display a beautifully intricate Victorian mourning wreath made of human hair to help commemorate such passings.

 

The accounts that come from those who tour the home makes this a favorite reason to plan a visit. On your next visit, decide for yourself whether the stories are fact or fiction. Although, you never know what you may encounter on your next trip through Heritage Hall.

HOURS & ADMISSION

To book your tour, call (706) 342-9627

 

Hours*: 

Tuesday – Saturday:
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday:
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

 

Admissions:
Admission includes a combination tour of Heritage Hall, Rogers House, and Rose Cottage. Tours of Heritage Hall are led by docents and last approximately 45 minutes.

 

  • Adults $15
  • Students $10
  • Children under 12 are free

 

Group Tours and Step-on Services:

Discount pricing is available for groups. Groups traveling in buses and motor coaches may request to have a narrated tour through the historical district in Madison. Narrated tours must be planned ahead of time, pricing available upon request.

 

*Please refer to MCHistorical.com for the most up-to-date information on hours, holidays, and other possible changes to the schedule.

 

 

COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines

Groups are no longer limited to 6 or less persons; however, unvaccinated guests are still required to wear face masks.

MAP INFORMATION

Get Your Free Visitor's Guide

* indicates required
() - (###) ###-####
I'd like to receive: