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Madison in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Town Commons

 
 
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By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
1. The Town Commons Marker
Inscription. The Georgia Legislature initially designated 100 acres (Parts of Land Lots No.36, No.35, & No.23) for Madisonís establishment. The Justices of the Inferior Court subdivided the land to create a “publick” square as well as lots for sale – around the square, then to the northwest, and later to the southwest. Unplatted public lands were referred to as the Town Commons.

In the 1810-20s, a portion of the southwest commons (now framed by W. Central Ave., Old Post Rd., and Walton St.) was actively used: by private individuals as a racetrack; as a pasture and a woodlot; and as a muster ground for the local 29th Regiment of the Georgia Militia. The commons shrank as Madison developed: lots were sold along Old Post Rd. for funds to rebuild the Madison Male Academy; one-acre lots along Porter Street were offered to early congregations; and the remainder subdivided in 1837 for residential lots. These large, roughly ½-city block lots, were mostly developed for spacious homes with their small dependencies, amidst landscapes combining pleasure and utility in formal gardens, vegetable gardens, orchards, pastures, and later pecan groves.
 
Erected 2011 by City of Madison, Madison BiCentennial Commission 1809-2009.
 
Location. 33° 
The Town Commons Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
2. The Town Commons Marker
Looking southwest on Old Post Road
35.483′ N, 83° 28.4′ W. Marker is in Madison, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is on Old Post Road 0 miles west of Hill Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison GA 30650, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joshua Hill Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Advanced Education Center (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stoneman Raid (about 500 feet away); The March to the Sea (about 500 feet away); Formal Southern Landscapes (about 600 feet away); Foundation to Consolidation (about 700 feet away); Early Religious Life (about 800 feet away); Freedmen's Schooling (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Categories. Political Subdivisions
 
The Town Commons Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
3. The Town Commons Marker
The Town Commons Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 13, 2011
4. The Town Commons Marker
The marker stands at an open lot, a rare sight in Madison.
The Town Commons Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, 13
5. The Town Commons Marker
Looking northeast toward the Joshua Hill House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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