Madison Press Kit

MADISON, INDIANA: A TIMELESS TREASURE

Relax, explore and enjoy the uniqueness of Madison, Indiana. Located in scenic Southeastern Indiana, Madison is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Those with a fine eye for artistic and architectural appreciation, style and historic reverence, will find it all in Madison.

Within two hours driving distance of Cincinnati, Louisville and Indianapolis, Madison is a perfect getaway for those looking to escape and enjoy the sites. Located on the Ohio River Scenic Byway in Southern Indiana, Madison is truly a quaint "river town" even offering a marina for those visitors traveling by boat. As Charles Kuralt wrote after a visit to Madison, "For me the princess of the rivers is unquestionably Madison, IN. It is the most beautiful river town in America. To walk through Madison's leafy streets is to vow faithfulness to this regal lady forever."

Madison's uniqueness stems from the history that surrounds it. There are over 133 blocks listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the entire downtown area. Madison's downtown historic district recently received National Historic Landmark Designation joining such notables as Savannah and Charleston. Madison's founders brought with them their own history, which is displayed in the architecture of the homes and buildings that make up this historic gem. Travel America says, "Madison is an outdoor museum of architecture." The Lanier Mansion, Shrewsbury House and Eleutherian College are three National Historic Landmarks in the community. There are also 8 other Historic Museums including a train depot, a restored frontier physician's office, the home of a state supreme court judge credited with naming Indianapolis, and a restored saddletree factory. Delight in a stroll down tree-lined boulevards and admire one of the finest collections of nineteenth century architecture in America.

Continue to marvel as you make your way down Main Street. There is something for everyone waiting in the wide array of shops that line the streets. Talk to a nationally recognized woodcarver known for his whimsical Christmas figurines, a tinsmith that recreates the fine designs of 18th and 19th century tinware, relive your childhood in a store filled with dolls, miniature houses and stuffed animals, or retreat to the sites and sounds of water fountains at a wildbird and nature shop. If antiques are your passion, give yourself plenty of time to experience a host of treasures that abound in the antique shops and malls in historic Madison.

For those looking for beauty and adventure, don't miss Clifty Falls State Park where wildlife and indigenous flora and fauna abound. This 1300+ acre park features 70 foot gorges, seven plunging waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, a nature center, several picnic areas, swimming pools, an inn with conference facilities, RV and primitive campsites. The newly renovated inn will impress the most discerning visitor.

After a day of sightseeing and shopping, be sure to tour Madison's three award winning wineries. Sit, relax and savor a variety of wines as you learn about wine appreciation, grape growing and winemaking in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Delight in Madison's creative cuisine while you soak up the character of the area's numerous restaurants. At the end of your day, enjoy dessert and coffee or a classic movie in the vintage Ohio Theater. Conclude your day when you retreat to one of Madison's many Bed & Breakfasts, a cozy country cottage or a comfortable hotel.

Discover this all-American town filled with history, tradition, culture, personality and see for yourself why Madison is "Historically the Best!" For information, contact the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-559-2956 or 812-265-2956; or visit Madison's official visitor website at www.visitmadison.org

Downtown Madison