The Opulent Antebellum Mansions of Madison, Georgia

Four years ago, I visited Madison, and was blown away by the Springtime beauty.

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Madison Book Cover

Madison, Ga., Azalea Garden

After General Sherman burned Atlanta in 1864, he burned almost all of the stately plantations on his march to the sea, but one small town was totally saved. Madison, Georgia, just sixty miles east of Atlanta, was the home of Senator Joshua Hill, who had been a close friend to Sherman’s brother at West Point, and was also a friend of the Union, having been the sole Georgia vote against succession. If that had not been the case, over 100 of the 19th century buildings that stand today would have been destroyed.

Madison Georgia, Joshua Hill House
Above is the preserved home of Senator Joshua Hill. Circa 1835

In the town, “…too beautiful to burn.”, one of the largest collections of antebellum buildings in the South draws tourists from the world over. Madison is a national treasure of antebellum buildings, and its architecture stands as a testament to the time when cotton was king.

Madison GA, Wade-Porter-Fitzpatrick House

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