Florida: Madison County

Madison County (pop. 19,224) was named for President James Madison (1751-1836). It is one of 19 Madison counties, and one Madison Parish, all named (directly or indirectly) for the “Father of the Constitution.”

The county is bordered by Georgia on the north and the Suwannee River on the east.

Madison County in 1921

The county seat of Madison County, and the only incorporated city, is the city of Madison (pop. 2,843).

Madison County Courthouse (1913)

Madison has an Amtrak station, but it has not been in use since 2005, when damage from Hurricane Katrina suspended service on the New Orleans-Jacksonville section of Amtrak’s “Sunset Limited” train to Los Angeles.

Madison Amtrak Station (1993)

The Treasures of Madison County museum now occupies the historic, metal-front W.T. Davis Building in downtown Madison.

Built in the 1890s

The Four Freedoms Monument in Madison commemorates President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address and honors Madison native Colin P. Kelly, an early hero of World War II.

Unveiled at Madison Square Garden in 1943

The Four Freedoms Trail is an 11-mile cycling trail that starts just north of Madison and goes to an overlook of the Withlacoochee River – one of two Withlacoochee rivers in Florida.

A Rails to Trails project

Singer Ray Charles (1930-2004) grew up in the Madison County town of Greenville (pop. 841). His full name was Ray Charles Robinson.

Bronze statue in the park

The Ray Charles Childhood Home was purchased by the town in 2006 and restored.

Open by appointment only


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