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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Madison, Georgia

Clickable Map of Morgan County, Georgia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Morgan County, GA (64) Greene County, GA (25) Jasper County, GA (19) Newton County, GA (34) Oconee County, GA (16) Putnam County, GA (27) Walton County, GA (19)  MorganCounty(64) Morgan County (64)  GreeneCounty(25) Greene County (25)  JasperCounty(19) Jasper County (19)  NewtonCounty(34) Newton County (34)  OconeeCounty(16) Oconee County (16)  PutnamCounty(27) Putnam County (27)  WaltonCounty(19) Walton County (19)
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1Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Advanced Education Center
Religious denominations organized Georgia’s first colleges for women. Madison flourished as an educational center following the 1850 incorporation of both the Georgia Female College (Baptist), initially chartered as Madison Collegiate Institute, and . . . Map (db m47528) HM
2Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Antebellum Architecture
As the county gained more plantations, Madison attracted nearby planters desiring to shop, socialize, learn, and worship. Some planters also built in-town homes. Antebellum architecture reflected the shift from the early yeoman farmer society to a . . . Map (db m45734) HM
3Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — 104-3 — Antioch Baptist Church>>-- 3 mi. -->
Three miles from here in a grove of oaks Antioch Baptist Church was established in a primitive log cabin, Sept. 18, 1809. Soon a building 40 x 60 was erected on 4-1/2 acres of land including the original site. In Sept. 1827, 4,000 people . . . Map (db m16156) HM
4Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Banking Institutions
Prior to the development of the modern financial institutions, many enterprises and ventures were funded through the sale of subscriptions or shares (e.g. railroad, newspapers). Bank startups also followed this pattern and, by 1870, Madison had at . . . Map (db m47810) HM
5Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Bethany
On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the community of Bethany The community of Bethany, anchored by the Bethany Baptist Church, appears on maps after 1915. A church congregation was . . . Map (db m19872) HM
6Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Brownwood-Centennial
On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the community of Brownwood-Centennial Located close to one another on the Old Sandtown Road, the communities of Brownwood and Centennial may have . . . Map (db m20483) HM
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7Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Civic Advancement
The Town of Madison Board of Commissioners selected one of their body each year to serve as President until an 1876 charter amendment incorporated the “City” of Madison and vested leadership in a Mayor and Board of Aldermen (later the . . . Map (db m48315) HM
8Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Community Settlement
Establishment of Madison was part of a larger movement to settle the Georgia frontier and the westward population shift. The first division of town land created 48 original lots, each measuring 100 by 200 feet. Lots were sold on February 23, 1809, . . . Map (db m47477) HM
9Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — 104-7 — Confederate Dead
Here are buried 51 unknown and one known Confederate soldier and one Negro hospital attendant. These men died of wounds or disease in the Confederate hospitals located nearby, the Stout, Blackie, Asylum, Turnbull, and some temporary ones. These . . . Map (db m19767) HM
10Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Confederate Monument1861-1865
(north face) "Lord of Hosts, be with us yet, lest we forget, lest we forget." "No nation rose so white and fair, none fell so pure of crime." (west face) "Their heroism abides in our hearts. Their unchallenged devotion . . . Map (db m207202) WM
11Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Dorsey
On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the community of Dorsey As early as 1839, historic maps identify a community called Palestine in proximity to the community that became known as Dorsey. . . . Map (db m21914) HM
12Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Early Academies
Early academies were private, state chartered institutions. Only a year after the town founding in 1809, commissioners were appointed to organize Morgan County's first academy, officially incorporated as the Madison Academy in 1815. Both male and . . . Map (db m109714) HM
13Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Early Public Forum
Common among the counties during the settlement period, Morgan County (1807) first transacted public business at a private residence - Fields Kennedy's home. After Madison was designated as the county seat in 1808 until the construction of a formal . . . Map (db m109716) HM
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14Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Early Religious Life
The earliest religious gatherings were held in private homes, schools, or public buildings until the individual congregations organized and constructed structures. Congregations formed quickly: the Methodists in 1807, the Presbyterians in 1821, and . . . Map (db m47965) HM
15Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Fairview
On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the community of Fairview Located south of Madison between Highway 441 South, Pierce Dairy Road and Seven Islands Road, the Fairview community grew up . . . Map (db m19944) HM
16Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Flat Rock
On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the community of Flat Rock Identified with the Flat Rock Church and School that existed in the early 20th century, Flat Rock has African . . . Map (db m186542) HM
17Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Formal Southern Landscapes
Like Madison's high-style architecture, its formal landscapes were Southern translations of both prevalent trends and earlier traditions. Boxwood gardens were an antebellum landscape feature gracing many Madison homes. Parterres were a garden form . . . Map (db m49601) HM
18Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Foundation to Consolidation
Empowered in 1894 to establish public schools, the City of Madison initiated construction of two graded schools, a contrast to one-room schoolhouses typical of rural areas. Nicholas Ittner of Atlanta built the brick graded school for white students . . . Map (db m48879) HM
19Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Freedmen's Schooling
In 1865, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands began assistance to former slaves. While efforts at educating freed slaves were strongest in Georgia's larger cities and towns, State Superintendent of Freedmen's Schools G.L. Eberhardt . . . Map (db m25574) HM
20Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Freedom of Assembly
With freedom from slavery came freedom of assembly – particularly to worship, evidenced by the early establishment of the first independent black congregation in 1865. African-American churches, such as Calvary Baptist (1883), were the primary . . . Map (db m49131) HM
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21Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Godfrey
On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the community of Godfrey The town of Godfrey was incorporated by the Georgia Legislature on July 25, 1906. However, this community has much older . . . Map (db m16176) HM
22Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — In Memory of the Boys from Morgan County, Georgia
Erected by Henry Walton Chapter Daughters of the America Revolution In memory of The Boys From Morgan County, Georgia Who fought in the World War April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918Map (db m60788) WM
23Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Industrial Corridor
The siting of the railroad, while first controversial, created a new industrial corridor through the community. Just south of downtown, the Madison Steam Factory opened as a textile mill. In town, brokerage and warehouses built near the depots to . . . Map (db m49614) HM
24Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — 104-1 — Joshua Hill Home— 1 block→
Joshua Hill, noted Georgian of the Civil War and Reconstruction, was born in 1812 in the Abbeville District, S.C. He studied law and come to Ga. to practice, settling in Madison after living in Monticello for a time. Having strong Whig and Unionist . . . Map (db m9127) HM
25Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Lodging Establishments
With the arrival of the railroad, the traditional inn or tavern along former stagecoach routes gave way to boarding houses and hotels. In Madison, lodging sprang up along Jefferson Street to the square, providing rooms as well as sites for public . . . Map (db m49634) HM
26Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Madison
On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the community of Madison Named in honor of U.S. President James Madison, the town of Madison was established as the permanent seat of Morgan County . . . Map (db m16233) HM
27Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Madison Historic Cemeteries
The municipal burial ground is a composite of four cemeteries reflecting the stages of community development. Early Madisonians first established a collective cemetery at the edge of town rather than sectarian burials in churchyards. The nineteenth . . . Map (db m186545) HM
28Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — L10 — Madison Station"As near a paradise as anything I ever saw" — March to the Sea Heritage Trail —
The original foundation and some of the brick walls of the Madison Depot burned by Federal troops on Saturday, November 19, 1864, are still evident in the existing structure. It was one of the first brick depots on the Georgia Rail Road from . . . Map (db m103332) HM
29Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Madison Train Station
Georgia Railroad chartered in 1833 reached Madison from Augusta in 1841. This, the first brick station in Georgia, was built by John B. Walker on land deeded by Adam B. Saffold. It was partially burned by federal troops Dec. 3, 1864. The first . . . Map (db m103174) HM
30Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — 104-6 — Morgan County
Morgan County was created by Act of Dec. 10, 1807 from Baldwin County. It was named for Gen. Daniel Morgan (1736-1802), a native of N.J. “Exactly fitted for the toils and pomp of war,” he served with distinction on Benedict Arnold’s . . . Map (db m34449) HM
31Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — 104-1 — Oliver Hardy, Genius of Comedy
Oliver Norvell Hardy, of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy, lived in the Turnell-Butler Hotel which once stood on this corner. He was born in Harlem, Georgia, on January 18, 1892. The family was in Madison by that February, and may have moved here . . . Map (db m15372) HM
32Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Pennington
On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the community of Pennington The Pennington Community was named for the Pennington family who first acquired land from ceded Native American . . . Map (db m16246) HM
33Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Progressive Experiment
The 1906 Perry Act established college-prep boarding schools for rural youth in each of Georgia’s12 congressional districts. Morgan, Putnam, and Wilkes counties submitted proposals for the 8th District Agricultural & Mechanical School campus, . . . Map (db m109712) HM
34Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Railroad Street Commerce
Early town development focused upon the town square, but that changed when cotton and railroads grew in importance. In 1837, Georgia Rail Road construction was announced, and rail service arrived four years later in Madison -- the end point until . . . Map (db m49670) HM
35Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Reconstruction Property Rights
Georgia's General Assembly of 1865-1866 passed important property rights laws for its black population, most of whom had recently been emancipated. Blacks could legally buy, sell, inherit, and lease both land and personal property. The experience of . . . Map (db m20833) HM
36Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Segregated Burial Grounds
Historic burial traditions parallel both the societal structure and economic status of the period. Old Cemetery reveals racially distinct sections reflected in the notable absence of family plots and headstones on the hill’s slope, where a memorial . . . Map (db m125858) HM
37Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — 104-12 — Seven Islands Road
The Seven Islands - Alabama Road - was an important emigrant route to the west. Travelers from northeast Georgia and the upper Carolinas followed this trace to the Mississippi Territory, Louisiana, and later Texas. Originally an important link . . . Map (db m16223) HM
38Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Springfield
On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the community of Springfield Identified with the Springfield Baptist Church and School that existed in the late nineteenth century. Springfield . . . Map (db m17397) HM
39Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — 104-8 — The March to the Sea
On Nov. 15, 1864, after destroying Atlanta and cutting his communications with the North, Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman, USA, began his destructive campaign for Savannah -- the March to the Sea. He divided his army [US] into two wings. The Right Wing . . . Map (db m16162) HM
40Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — 104-2 — The Stoneman Raid
Closing in on Atlanta in July 1864, Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman, USA, found its vast fortifications “too strong to assault and too extensive to invest.” To force an evacuation, he sent Maj. Gen. George Stoneman’s cavalry [US] (2112 men and 2 . . . Map (db m16165) HM
41Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — The Town Commons
The Georgia Legislature initially designated 100 acres (Parts of Land Lots No.36, No.35, & No.23) for Madison’s establishment. The Justices of the Inferior Court subdivided the land to create a “publick” square as well as lots for sale . . . Map (db m49234) HM
42Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — The Town Park
Town Park reflects the foresight, leadership and hard work of so many -- a true public-private partnership. Revitalization plans and Bicentennial celebration efforts converged in 2000 upon the idea of reestablishing a downtown greenspace. By . . . Map (db m49738) HM
43Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — The Town Spring
Civil Engineer R.B. Tufts noted on the 1897 Morgan County map that "The Public Spring . . . which for all these years has been sending forth a bold, steady stream of pure, cold water, was the cause of establishing the Court House and the public . . . Map (db m20844) HM
44Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — The Town Square
Reserved for public use in the original 1809 town plan, the public square was also used to establish the early town limits, first drawn as a half-mile radius (1822) and then as a mile radius (1849). This method formed circular town boundaries; a . . . Map (db m186597) HM
45Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — Vernacular Construction
Madison first expanded northwest between the Madison Female Academy and the town spring, one branch of Tanyard Branch-so named for the tanning of animal hides on this site. The branch descends from the Main Street ridgeline and is paralleled by W. . . . Map (db m47982) HM
46Georgia, Morgan County, Madison — 104-11 — William Tappan Thompson
William Tappan Thompson, famous Georgia journalist and author, was born in Ohio in 1812. Moving to Augusta in 1835, he became associated with Augustus Baldwin Longstreet in the publication of the State Rights Sentinel. In 1838 he founded a literary . . . Map (db m16442) HM
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