With over 133 blocks of historic buildings, Madison is now the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark District in the country. Many travel from far and wide to admire our seemingly endless collection of historic landmarks and buildings. The unique charm of Madison’s architecture will leave you feeling inspired and in awe of our community’s dedication to the honoring and preservation of our historic sites.

Come see for yourself!

Points of Interest

Boat Racing Heritage Center

A Non-Profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to preserving the history of boat racing.The NBRHC hosts an annual 2 day vintage race boat speed exhibition on the Ohio River in Madison IN.

(812) 493-2683
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Broadway Fountain

One of Madison’s most beloved landmarks, originally presented to the city in 1884. A hundred years later it was replaced with the bronze reproduction on display today. Loved by visitors and locals, you won’t want to miss the fountain.

Broadway & Main Streets
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Jefferson County Historical Society & Railroad Station

The official history keepers of Madison and Jefferson County were founded in 1850. This campus includes the main building with a history museum and the historic 1895 railroad station with its large display of railroad memorabilia, plus a 1918 authentically restored caboose.

615 W 1st St
(812) 265-2335
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Jefferson County Public Library

The Madison Society Library was originally founded in April 1818, and now boasts the oldest library in Indiana thanks to the foresight of Madison’s earliest residents.

420 W Main St
(812) 265-2744
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Lanier Mansion State Historic Site

Considered the “Crown Jewel” of Madison, this Greek revival mansion was finished in the 1840s and was home to James Franklin Doughty Lanier. The mansion is a state historic site and offers informative historic tours of the mansion.

601 W 1st St
(812) 265-3526
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Ohio Theatre originally opened on October 4, 1938. Today, the non-profit group, Friends of the Ohio Theatre, are working to restore and reuse this grand landmark. The space has recently *rustically* reopened to host live music and other events. 

105 E Main St
(812) 624-1938
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Historic Madison Inc.

Dr. W. D. Hutchings’ Office & Museum

One of the most authentic 19th century medical history restorations in the US. Hundreds of Dr. Hutchings’ medical records, surgical tools, books and other artifacts including early electrical healing devices fill the office. Next door, in the museum, enjoy a sampling of the Hutchings’ family treasures.

120 W 3rd St
(812) 265-2967
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Francis Costigan House

Francis Costigan completed this masterpiece of design on a small lot in 1851. Costigan, who also designed the Lanier Mansion and the Shrewsbury House, is considered Indiana’s leading pre-Civil War architect and master builder.

408 W 3rd St
(812) 265-2967
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Judge Jeremiah Sullivan House

Built about 1820 and considered Madison’s first mansion, this stately Federal-style structure was home to one of Indiana’s early leaders, Jeremiah Sullivan.

304 W 2nd St
(812) 265-2967
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Schroeder Saddletree Factory

America’s only restored 19th century saddletree factory. Tours, demonstrations, and exhibits show how the Schroeder family made saddle frames, clothespins, and other products in this award-winning restoration.

106 Milton St
(812) 265-2967
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Shrewsbury-Windle House

Designed by Francis Costigan and built in 1846-1849 for Captain Charles L. Shrewsbury, his wife Ellen, and their children. One of the most important historic homes in the US, designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL) in 1994 by the US Secretary of the Interior.

301 W 1st St
(812) 265-2967
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