Downtown Madison, The Fair Play Fire Company No. 1, Benches and a walking path along the river - Photos Courtesy of Katrina Falk via Flickr's Creative Commons.
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Madison, Indiana 

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Websites of Places/Things to Do Featured in this Itinerary
Madison, Indiana: Tourism, History, and Preservation Websites
Other Relevant National Park Service Websites
Other Relevant Websites
Selected Bibliography for Madison, Indiana Travel Itinerary

Websites of Places Featured in this Itinerary

Sites listed by theme: Architecture | Civic Madison | Industrial Madison | Network to Freedom |Civil War | Transportation | Twentieth Century | Things to Do

Charles Shrewsbury House
Christ Episcopal Church
Crawford-Whitehead-Ross House
East Third Street
First Baptist Church
Francis Costigan House
James F.D. Lanier Mansion
Madison Historic District
Main Street Commercial Buildings
Second Presbyterian Church
St. Michael the Archangel Church
Trinity United Methodist Church
West Second Street
West Third Street

Civic Madison
Broadway Fountain
Fair Play Company No. 1 Fire House
Jefferson County Courthouse/Sheriff House & Jail
John Paul Park
Old Madison City Hall
Springdale Cemetery

Washington Fire Company No. 2

Industrial Madison
Ben Schroeder Saddletree Factory
Eagle Cotton Mill
Greiner Brewery
HMI Warehouses
Trolley Barn

Network to Freedom
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Eleutherian College Classroom and Chapel Building
Georgetown Historic District
Lyman Hoyt House
Madison Historic District

Civil War
Emilie Todd Helm House
Jesse Bright House
Judge Jeremiah Sullivan House

Madison Railroad Incline Cut-Madison Heritage Trail
Madison Train Depot
Historic Michigan Road

Twentieth Century
Clifty Falls State Park
Crystal Beach Pool & Bath House
Federal Housing Administration Model Home

Things to Do
Madison Regatta
Jefferson County Historical Society Madison In Bloom Garden Tour
Madison Chautauqua Festival of Arts

Madison RibberFest
Nights Before Christmas
RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival
Tri Kappa Biennial Tour of Homes

Madison, Indiana: Tourism, History, and Preservation Websites

Annual Area Festivals

Jefferson County Historical Society Madison In Bloom Garden Tour
Madison Chautauqua Festival of Arts

Madison Regatta

Madison RibberFest
Nights Before Christmas
RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival
Tri Kappa Biennial Tour of Homes

City of Madison
The official government site of the City of Madison.

Cornerstone Society
Cornerstone is a non-profit preservation organization started in 1988 to help save Madison’s historic buildings, monuments and streetscapes and is still active, offering education, design, and legal assistance to residents interested in preserving local resources.

Historic Madison
This non-profit preservation organization is responsible for 17 historic properties within Madison’s downtown National Historic Landmark district, including the Jeremiah Sullivan House, the Dr. Hutchings Office, the Francis Costigan House, and the Ben Schroeder Saddletree Factory, which are highlighted in this travel itinerary. Email Historic Madison, Inc., at

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology
Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA), part of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, acts as the State Historic Preservation Office for Indiana. The DHPA processes National Register nominations, coordinates identification of historic places, helps protect historic properties as part of the planning of government-funded projects, and awards matching grants for preservation projects.

Indiana Historical Bureau
Indiana Historical Bureau manages the State’s marker program and helps foster educational programs in history.

Indiana Historical Society
Indiana Historical Society is a nonprofit but State-chartered organization that collects and interprets historical images, papers, and artifacts.

Indiana Landmarks
Indiana Landmarks is a nonprofit group that assists grassroots preservation efforts, advocates preservation, creates statewide initiatives, owns historic properties, and partners with the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology in preservation activities.

Indiana Office of Tourism Development
Indiana Office of Tourism Development offers information on travel, festivals, and special promotions.

Jefferson County Historical Society & Heritage Center
The Jefferson County Historical Society offers a permanent exhibit about Madison history, a children‘s education center, an 1895 railroad station museum, and a research library including genealogy material, historic photographs, and maps.

Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
The local Chamber of Commerce website offers visitor information and a directory of Madison area businesses.

Madison Courier
The local daily newspaper serving Madison, Jefferson and Switzerland Counties in Indiana and Kentucky’s Trimble and Carroll Counties since 1837.

Madison Historic District Shops Many of the businesses located within the Madison Historic District are listed here. There are currently well over 100 businesses and organization locations featured on this site.

Madison, Indiana Blog
The official blog of Madison recaps city council meetings and regularly posts information about civic issues.

Madison-Jefferson County Public Library
Home of local historic resources including the Henry Lemen Historic Photo Collection and the History Rescue Project.

Madison Main Street Program
A group composed of interested citizens, merchants, and property owners, Madison Main Street is part of the Indiana Main Street and National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Center. These organizations work together with the common goal of preserving historic downtowns as economically vibrant parts of communities.

The Madison Observer
An independent news and information site, the Observer offers blog posts covering local news, current events, restaurant reviews, as well as a local directory.

Ohio River Scenic Byway
This path was designated as one of the original 14 National Scenic Byways in 1996.  The website includes information on accommodations and activities available in the 14 southern Indiana counties that line the Ohio River.

VisitMadison allows those interested in spending time in Madison to learn about all of the things to do, places to stay, foods to eat, and areas to explore while in Madison and the surrounding Jefferson County.

Walnut Street Firehouse No.4
Located in the historic former Walnut Street Firehouse No. 4 at 808 Walnut Street is a museum dedicated to the history of Madison's volunteer fire departments that features a collection of fire equipment and artifacts. It is privately owned and operated. More information is available from Frank Taff at

Other Relevant National Park Service Websites

National Park Service The main National Park Service website is the gateway to national parks, information on preserving America’s history and culture in parks and communities, and a vast amount of other useful information on National Park Service programs, history and culture, nature and science, education, and other topics.

Cultural Resources Diversity Program This National Park Service program develops and administers the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program, publishes the newsletter Heritage Matters, participates in conferences and consults on diversity topics, conducts research projects on cultural diversity issues, and develops curriculum materials on cultural resources/historic preservation for colleges and universities, targeting minority schools.

Discover History The National Park Service's Cultural Resources Programs are dedicated to preserving history, education, and grants. Find out about the programs and the services they provide, and much more, by going to the Discover History home. History is everywhere. In nearly 400 national parks and every hometown. It covers everything from the remnants of ancient civilizations to the boyhood homes of U.S. Presidents to the stirring sagas of hard-fought wars to the reverberations of one woman refusing to give up her seat on a bus. History is a part of who we were, who we are, and who we will be.

Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series  The National Park Service's travel itineraries include many interesting and exciting historic destinations to visit online and in person.  Each itinerary spotlights a different geographic region, theme, or community, and provides a wealth of information. The travel itineraries include a huge variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture, most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Heritage Documentation Programs in the American Memory: Built in America The National Park Service Heritage Documentation Programs include HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government’s oldest operating preservation program, and companion programs, HAER (Historic American Engineering Record) and HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey). Drawings, maps, photographs, and historical reports produced through the programs and archived at the Library of Congress constitute the nation’s largest collection of historical architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation.

History E-Library This National Park Service website includes many useful NPS documents on National Park System units associated with cultural heritage and a variety of other publications related to history and historic places.

National Historic Landmarks National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value in interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, just a few more than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. The National Park Service administers the National Historic Landmarks Program.

National Heritage Areas Program National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. Through their resources, NHAs tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation's diverse heritage. NHAs are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.

National Register of Historic Places The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official inventory of historic places worthy of preservation. Districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture are included in the National Register, which is expanded and maintained by the National Park Service. The National Register website is the gateway to information on authentic registered historic places, the benefits of recognition, and how to become involved in identifying, nominating to the National Register, and protecting these irreplaceable reminders of our heritage. The National Register publications are online. Among them are brochures in both English and Spanish.

National Trails System The National Historic Trails System is the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for outdoor recreation needs, promote the enjoyment, appreciation, and preservation of open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources, and encourage public access and citizen involvement.

National Underground Railroad (UGRR) Network to Freedom Program , administered by the National Park Service, is aimed at preserving, interpreting, and commemorating the history of the Underground Railroad. Through shared partnerships with local, State, and Federal entities, as well as interested individuals and organizations, the Network to Freedom promotes programs and partnerships to preserve sites and resources associated with the Underground Railroad and to educate the public about its historical significance.

Office of International Affairs The National Park Service has an Office of International Affairs that works to facilitate cooperation between the U.S. National Park Service and counterpart agencies around the globe. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, the National Park Service has produced a short film on all the World Heritage Sites in the U.S. Please click here to view this video.

Office of Sustainable Tourism National Parks have been interwoven with tourism from their earliest days. This website highlights the ways in which the National Park Service promotes and supports sustainable, responsible, informed and managed visitor use through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry.

Teaching with Historic Places Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) is a National Park Service program that uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom. The website for the Teaching with Historic Places Program contains a wealth of information for educators and students that can be used in the classroom and beyond. It offers a series of more than 140 online classroom-ready place-based lesson plans created by historians and educators. Each lesson is linked to national and State standards for history and social studies. Lesson plans are indexed in several ways. The thematic index identifies the lesson plans that relate to Hispanic topics. Two of these lessons are available in Spanish, as well as in English.

Other Relevant Websites

American Memory at the Library of Congress  Search this website for documents, photographs, and other materials relating to America’s diverse population.

American Scenic Byways  This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, includes information on State and nationally designated byway routes throughout America based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.

Historic Hotels of America A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Traveler program that provides information on historic hotels and package tours in the vicinity of sites included in this itinerary.

National Archives and Records Administration Search the National Archives website for a number of primary documents regarding Theodore Roosevelt and details about his presidency.

National Park Foundation The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts.

National Trust for Historic Preservation The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a United States Congress-chartered non-profit membership organization that works to save America’s historic places. Chartered by Congress in 1949, the organization is now supported entirely by private contributions. In the word of the National Trust, "We take direct on-the-ground action when historic buildings and sites are threatened. Our work helps build vibrant, sustainable communities. We advocate with governments to save America’s heritage. We strive to create a cultural legacy as diverse as the nation itself so that all of us can take pride in our part of the American story."

Selected Bibliography

Fife-Salmon, Camille and Ron Grimes. Madison on the Ohio: Remembering Two Hundred Years. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Company Publishers, 2009.

Peat, Wilber. Indiana Houses of the Nineteenth Century. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1962.

Shaw, Bill and Marsh Davis. 99 Historic Homes of Indiana: A Look Inside. Bloomington, IN: I.U. Press, 2002.

Slade, Thomas M. ed. Historic American Buildings Survey in Indiana. Bloomington, IN: I.U. Press, 1983.

Snodgrass, Robert E. Beloved Madison: A Pictorial Tour of Indiana’s Historic Madison. Madison, IN: Jefferson County Historical Society, 1998.

Wallis, Don. All We Had Was Each Other: The Black Community of Madison, Indiana. Bloomington, IN: I.U. Press, 1998.

Windle, John T. and Robert M. Taylor, Jr. The Early Architecture of Madison, Indiana. Madison, IN: Historic Madison, Inc., 1986.