Introduction to Madison, New Jersey
Madison, New Jersey is 6 miles S of Parsippany, New Jersey and 12 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. It is in Morris county. The town is part of the Newark metro area. The population of Madison is 16,530.
The earliest settlers of European origin arrived in the region now known as Madison in the early parts of the 18th century. In 1834, the town was named Madison in honor of President James Madison. After the Civil War, growth and development of this town rapidly increased with the construction of the railroad. Industries grew in the area, and working class people built a residential community here. The population was diverse both in terms of ethnicity and socio-economic status. Though original settlers were British, the French arrived after the American Revolution followed by African Americans, Irish, Germans and Italians.
Madison and nearby Attractions
- Faulkner House
- Holloway Hall
- Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
- Turtle Back Zoo
- Saint Vincent Cemetery
- Shakespeare Garden
Things To Do In Madison
The town of Madison has a number of historical buildings like the Faulkner House, the Holloway Hall, the Madison House, the Wendel Hall, and the President's Hall, among others. The Shakespeare Garden is another popular tourist destination. Here one can spend a quiet day in the midst of nature. The Turtle Back Zoo and the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary are ideal places to take children also.
Newark Liberty International Airport is close by.
Madison Higher Education
Residents can pursue higher education at Drew University. Also close by are the Seton Hall University, Union County College, Kean University, and the County College of Morris.