With more than 133 blocks of outstanding architecture, Madison’s downtown business district is one of the country’s largest National Historic Landmark Districts. Madison’s founders brought with them their own history, which is displayed in the architecture of the homes and buildings that make up this historic gem. Travel America says, “Madison is an outdoor museum of architecture.”
There are 8 house museums that are open to the public during the season and several more open by advance appointment. They range from the office of a horse and buggy doctor (kids love the skeleton), to a 19th century saddletree factory, to grand homes.
The crown jewel of Madison historic sites is Lanier Mansion State Historic Site – open all year with guided tours. Beautiful formal gardens surround the mansion.
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