Madison Florida

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The City of Madison is named for Madison C. Livingston, who donated the first parcel of land to create the city in 1838. It became the county seat after San Pedro and played a prominent role in the development of tobacco, livestock raising, and conservation in North Florida. Even today, the area's economy is based on agriculture and industry. Interestingly, Madison County was named in honor of Founding Father James Madison in 1827, when it was chartered as Florida’s largest county. Since then, the county has "surrendered" Taylor, Lafayette, and Dixie Counties.

Madison is home to fewer than four thousand people with over 60 % of African American origin. The city boasts of some of Florida’s oldest history and culture and a walking tour through the lovely downtown area of city of Madison will take you through streets shaded by live oaks and perfumed with magnolias, camellias, dogwoods, and other flowering shrubs and trees. The many historic sites, museums, antebellum mansion, parks, and monuments are in Victorian and other architectural styles. Do not miss the world’s largest cotton gin from the late 1800s, the historic Madison County courthouse, and a 20-acre nature center at North Florida Community College.

Dial-Smith-Goza House was built in 1860 and this Classical revival architectural style house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Building Survey. North Florida Community College purchased the property in 1988 and renamed it the Wardlaw-Smith-Goza Conference Center. North Florida Community College is within walking distance of downtown Madison and the campus encompasses 98 beautiful acres that house classrooms, athletic fields, library, gymnasium, and auditorium. The college maintains small classes with 25 students and caring instructors offer an ideal learning environment. Students have the opportunity to participate in sports, music, the student newspaper, and many student-oriented campus events.

The Florida Manufacturing Company, started in 1874, ginned ten thousand bales of cotton a year. Activities ended with the coming of the Mexican Boll Weevil in 1916. The warehouse is the only remaining building of the manufacturing complex. The Four Freedoms Monument in City Park is a memorial to the memory of World War II hero, Captain Colin P. Kelly, Jr. and symbolizes the Four Freedoms stated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt viz. freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear everywhere in the world.

There are several churches of different denominations in Madison. Pioneer Hickstown Baptist Church was the first Baptist Church of Madison begun in 1835.The church was named Madison Baptist Church in 1854 and received its present name in 1922. The local congregation also prays at Mt Nebo Church part of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. St. Johns Seminary of Learning founded in 1850 became the basis for Madison High School in 1886.

Madison County Memorial hospital is a first-class, regional healthcare facility with a caring and progressive outlook. It boasts of a state-of-the-art Emergency Room, a Family Maternity Center, as well as cardiac rehab, pain management, short-stay therapy, oncology, and advanced surgical procedures are available.

Another local attraction is Yogi Bears Jellystone Park a camp park where kids can revel in sandy beaches, waterslides, kayaking and bonfires at night.

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