As the winds begin catching a chill and Halloween creeps ever closer, visitors to Madison find themselves wondering what strange histories may lie inside the many historic homes, churches and other buildings around town. Local Melissa Piche is who they seek to uncover these often wonderous stories, as she has learned the town’s history from stories passed down through generations of local families and friends.
We’re devilishly delighted to be able to share some of this story with you, as we sit down with Melissa to share a bit of Madison’s Haunted History. Read on, if you dare…
Q: Where is your favorite place to take visitors intrigued by Madison’s haunted history?
A: Wow, that’s a tough one! The town is so beautiful and the houses so majestic, it all seems magically haunted under the cover of darkness. There is a spot on the corner of Hill and 4th St where I share a tale that is certain to send a shiver down the spine of even the bravest guests.
Q: What is your favorite story of a local ghost or haunting?
A: I had a very well-respected and lifelong Madison resident tell me a story about how she and her husband witnessed a woman in white float across Main St at the corner of Hill. However, I shan’t tell her spooky tale here, because its best told from the shadows under the light of an eerie moon.
Q: Madison’s Historic Cemeteries are renowned for their beautiful markers and the rich history of those buried there, including soldiers dating as far back as the American Revolution and Civil War to slaves and their resilient families who forged their way in the Madison community. What do you find most impressive about the cemeteries?
A: One can’t ignore the grand family plots in Old and New Cemetery, which feature ornate iron gates and monuments from famous stone carvers. Overall, what I think is most striking is the juxtaposition of the slave grave yard, with its open meadow and unmarked graves, lying next to the towering monuments of Madison’s forbearers and the lonely confederate memorials of unknown soldiers having died in our Confederate hospitals. Madison’s voice is heard with no spoken word on that hallowed ground.
Q: So Melissa, do you believe?
A: Great question! I have to say I have had some interesting and unexplainable experiences and heard so many great stories. But I would really like to see the lady in the white gown crossing Main St. Maybe even shake her hand.
Ready to experience Haunted Madison for yourself? Melissa offers Haunted History Tours around Madison with North Georgia Tours. You can schedule your own tour by emailing
[email protected] or calling 706.340.4357.
Too scared to drive home after a frightful night out? There are a lot of attractions in Madison and Morgan County to make the perfect weekend getaway! Check out our favorite things to do in Madison this fall as well as our events calendar.