Madison Fact Sheet

Contact: Ann Mulligan, Marketing Director, Visit Madison
Phone: 812.265-2956 or 800-559-2956


Madison is located on the banks of the Ohio River in Southeastern Indiana, less than two hours driving distance from Louisville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis.


In 1805, William Henry Harrison acquired the Indiana Territory, which included Madison. Settlers searched for homesites, building the first cabin on what is now known as Michigan Hill. Four years later, John Paul, an early settler, purchased 65 acres of land from the government for $2.50 an acre, on which the city was to grow. The city was named Madison after the President of the United States at the time. Settlers built homes designed to retain the architectural flavor of their homelands, thus giving Madison the heritage of architectural styles present today.

The City

Historic Madison has over 133 blocks listed on the National Register of Historic Places, encompassing over 1500 structures and the entire downtown area. Included within the Madison Area are 3 National Historic Landmarks (the Shrewsbury-Windle House; Lanier Mansion; and just minutes away, Eleutherian College) and 11 Historic Museums. Madison boasts the largest collection of 19th century architecture in Indiana and was recently awarded National Historic Landmark District status.


Madison is home to three award-winning wineries, antique shops and antique malls, unique craft and specialty shops, Clifty Falls State Park, numerous art galleries and a growing artist colony.

Broadway Fountain