The Spared Town in Georgia: Madison

Madison, Georgia is a town not terribly far from Atlanta.  Just about an hour east of the city, it offers a different view on the South than Atlanta or towns north may offer.  Madison, founded on 1807 (a couple of decades before Atlanta), was spared destruction as the Northern armies moved towards the Atlantic coast after taking Atlanta by the simple request from a woman appealing with all her charms to General Sherman.  True or half-true or not-true (the stronger theory is that Sherman had a friend with connections to the town), Madison survived the destruction that was usually meted out to Southern towns rather crassly:  100 Antebellum or “pre-war” houses survive today, quite a number for the South!  And we are thankful for that as we can admire beautiful architecture and maybe begin to feel what places around the South looked like.  Georgia has a lot of interesting places off the beaten path and Madison is definitely one of those towns!  Check out some of this charming southern town…



  1. Looks like a nice day trip from Atlanta. We have a handful of towns near Memphis with a few antebellum structures here and there. Sherman did come through Memphis on his way to burn Atlanta, but I don’t think he left the destruction here. He actually occupied Memphis after the one-hour riverboat battle that saw Memphis easily fall. Later, his train traveling through Collierville (the suburb where I live) was attacked and his horse stolen.
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    • I am glad they stole his horse 🙂 Yes, Madison is easy to reach from Atlanta on a day trip. A lot of places within day reach of Atlanta with good scenery and history (Newnan and Senoia are even closer and interesting to visit).

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