Introduction to Madison, Indiana
Madison, Indiana is 39 miles NE of Louisville, Kentucky. It is in Jefferson county.
The first European settlers arrived in Madison as early as 1806. It was officially incorporated as a town on April 1, 1809. It served as the entry point into the Indiana Territory along Old Michigan Road, due to which Madison experienced heavy river traffic during its early years. The community was named in honor of President James Madison. The Madison & Indianapolis Railroad, Indiana's first railroad, was constructed in this area between 1836 and 1847. Madison's downtown area was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Madison and nearby Attractions
- Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
- Jefferson County Historical Society Museum
- Clifty Creek Power Plant
- Big Clifty Creek
- Calvary Church
- Baxter Cemetery
Things To Do In Madison
The Lanier Mansion State Historic Site is the Greek revival home of the millionaire, J.F.D. Lanier and can be visited from Madison. For those interested in the local history, a visit to the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum may be interesting. Madison hosts quite a few annual festivals, including the Chautauqua Festival of Art, the Harvest Celebration, the Midsummer Celebration, the Ohio River Valley Folk Festival, the Old Court Days and RibberFest.
Louisville International-Standiford Field Airport is close by.
Madison Higher Education
Ivy Tech State College-Southeast is the local institute of higher education. Other institutes nearby include Sullivan University, Bellarmine University and Jefferson Community College.