Lanier Mansion State Historic Site 511
West First Street.
Designated a National Historic Landmark, the 1840's Greek Revival mansion
was designed by architect Francis Costigan for railroad baron and financier J.F.D.
Lanier. The interior has been restored to it's 1840's splendor. The entire
city block once comprised the Lanier estate is owned and operated by the
Indiana State Museums & Historic Sites, Department of Natural Resources.
Built in 1818, and considered Madison's first mansion, this home features
the only known restored Federal serving kitchen on record in the country. Virginia born
Jeremiah Sullivan (1794-1870) came to Madison in 1816 to practice law and went on to carve
an esteemed career as a state legislator, state supreme court judge and county judge,
Presbyterian elder and Mason. He helped found Hanover College, the Indiana Historical
Society, and is credited with naming Indiana's new capital "Indianapolis." He
lived in the home on West Second Street with his wife Charlotte and family until his death
in 1870. Owned and operated by Historic Madison Inc.
Open Year round except for holidays Hours:
Monday- 10-4:30 Tues. thru Fri. -1:15-4:30
Saturday -10-4:30 Sunday- 1-4:30
admission $3.00, Children $1.00 More History on Building
Dr. William Hutchings' Office
120 West Third Street
This 19th century doctor's office offers a glimpse into the life and work of
a frontier physician. The building and it's contents are exactly as used by
Dr. Hutchings' until his death in 1903. Owned and operated by Historic
Open Daily Mid-April through October. Hours:
Monday- 10-4:30 Tues.thru Fri. -1:15-4:30
Saturday -10-4:30 Sunday- 1-4:30
admission $3.00, Children $1.00
The architect of the Lanier and Shrewsbury-Windle Houses
completed his residence in 1851. Considered a masterpiece of design, it incorporates
massive and complex architectural elements in a very limited space. Owned and operated by
Historic Madison Inc. Open Mid-April through October. Mon 10am-4:30pm, Sat
and Sun 1pm-4:30pm. Admission $3.00, Children Free.
Designated a National Historic Landmark, the home of riverboat
entrepreneur Captain Charles L. Shrewsbury was designed by Francis Costigan and completed
in 1849. It is the home of Mrs. Windle and the late John Windle, founder of Historic
Madison Inc. and the preservation movement in Madison. Not available for
Lanier - Schofield House
217 West Second Street
Built circa 1816 in the federal style, this is believed to be the first
two-story tavern house in Madison. Open Daily Mid-April through October. Hours:
M-Thurs. Fri. and Sat. 10-4:30. Sun.
1-4pm. Closed Tues. and Wed.
Winter hours by appointment. Admission $3.00 or $5.00 per couple. Children Free.
The fountain was originally cast in iron and exhibited at the Centennial
Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Purchased by a Madison lodge of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows and presented to the City of Madison in 1886, the Fountain was recast in
bronze as a community Bicentennial project in 1976.
Jefferson County Historical Society Museum of History
615 West First Street
The museum features changing exhibits and artifacts of local
history, with Civil War, Steam boating, Stone House and Victorian Parlor permanent
exhibits. Gift Shop. Open Daily April through End of October. (Monday - Saturday
10am-4:30pm; Sunday 1-4pm), Weekdays only November through Late April. Admission:
$2.00 (812) 265-2335.[more info] [
This octagonal building, constructed in 1895 and used as a passenger
station until 1935, exhibits railroading artifacts on permanent display. Open daily last
weekend of April through end of
Mon-Sat. 10-4:30 Sun. 1-4
Weekdays only November through Late April. Admission: $2.00 (812) 265-2335
You may also purchase a combo ticket with Jefferson County Historical
Society Museum of History .
Madison-Jefferson County Public Library 420 West Main Street
Established as the first public library in the Northwest Territory, the
library includes extensive collection of local history, photographs, and genealogy. Open
all year. Hours Monday through Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday hours May-Sept from 1-5
pm (812)265-2744 Handicapped accessible.
Visit their website
Clifty Falls State Park
One mile west of town with entrances on State road 56 and 62
Whether you are an avid wildlife watcher, a hiker or simply enjoy the
great outdoors, this magnificent stare park has something for you. The park offers several
picnic areas, a swimming pool, RV and primitive campsites, and in with conference
facilities and swimming pool. For hikers, trails range from 3/4 mile "easy" to 3
miles, "very rugged" and provide a genuine thrill in deeply cut gorges, sheer
rock walls and plunging waterfalls. Owned and operated by the Indiana Department of
Natural Resources. (812) 265-1331. Open all year. Admission: March through October.
The riverfront is a favorite spot for a relaxing stroll and is the site of
several outdoor festivals. The American Queen, Mississippi Queen, and Delta Queen make
frequent stops here throughout the season. Public boat launching facilities are available.
First and Vine at 601 W. First St.
The First stop in town (after a great lunch or dinner at the
Key West Shrimp House) should be at the Madison Area Visitor Center. Lots on
info on all the things to do in town Call for more information!!
812-265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956 Visitor
Centers web site
The John T. Windle Auditorium is a fine Greek
Revival building which was designed and built by Edwin J. Peck in 1835. It
is said to be the oldest existing public building in the city and one of the
most noted examples of its styles in the Midwest. It was originally built as
the Second Presbyterian Church. It contains a fully
restored Johnson Tracker Organ (more info).
Tours may be arranged through the Historic Madison, Inc. office, housed on
the lower level of the building which is located at the corner of
Third and West Streets More history on