Madison is a wonderful town in the southeast corner of the state that is rich in history, architecture, and beauty. But what makes this time of year extra special is the Madison in Bloom tour.
Held two weekends on June, 11-12 and 18-19, visitors have the opportunity to tour private gardens that are otherwise not open to the general public. And the cherry on top ... the gardens are in Madison's National Historic Landmark District.
Because of Madison's location right on the Ohio River, it quickly became one of Indiana's most important cities in the early to mid-1800s. Both the steamboat and railroad eras brought great wealth to the area and the architecture proves it.
Three sites in Madison, the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, the Shrewsbury-Windle House, and Historic Eleutherian College are designated National Historic Landmarks. Downtown Madison has been awarded a National Historic Landmark District, joining Savannah and Charleston as national treasures.
During the Madison in Bloom weekends, visitors are welcome to tour the various other historic sites in town and truly get a feel for the history that made this town what it is today.
Tickets for Madison in Bloom are $25 for adults and children 12 and under are free! Call the Jefferson County History Center at 812-265-2335 or go to www.MadisoninBloom.com for tickets.