An Outdoor Museum of Architecture
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.
Nation’s Largest Contiguous Historic Landmark District
Nestled in the rolling hills along the Ohio River Scenic Byway, Madison, Indiana, emerges as the nation’s largest Contiguous National Historic Landmark District with a jaw-dropping 133 historic blocks. The heart of this timeless community is rooted in Downtown Madison’s Main Street. The captivating stately buildings and historic homes set the stage for the vibrant arts and entertainment experience. Virtually every decade and architectural style of the 19th century is represented: Federal, Italianate, Greek & Gothic revival galore!
When viewing the multitude of magnificent mansions to humble shotgun cottages, it is apparent why Madison has been hailed as a true American treasure. Conveniently located between the metro areas of Cincinnati, Louisville, and Indianapolis, regional and national visitors alike delight in Madison’s diverse family, group, and pet friendly activities while also marveling at our unique historical built environment. Madison seeks to build on the foundations of our past to promote the promises of future memories yet to be made. We can’t wait to welcome you!
Home of Jefferson County Historical Society established in 1850
- Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays 10am-3pm
Masked are required, limited supply available.
$5 Per Adult, Children 16 and under are free.
Some of the nation's finest landmarks are right here in Madison!
Madison's Historic Downtown holds the designation as the nation's largest Contiguous National Historic Landmark District with a jaw-dropping 133 historic blocks. It's a mouthful to say, but an eyeful to experience!
If that weren't enough, Madison is also home to three National Historic Landmark sites as well. The Lanier Mansion and Shrewsbury-Windle Home were both designated as National Historic Landmarks in 1994, followed by the Historic Eleutherian College in 1997. These sites continue to be popular attractions in Jefferson County.