Recreation in Madison - Madison has all the youth activities of most cities in the South.
Madison has several golf courses for the active golfer, some of the courses are private.
Subdivisions in Madison - The following are a few of the many areas in Madison:
Housing in Madison - Majority of the residents in Madison live in single family homes.
New Apartments and New Condos are not allowed to be built in the City of Madison
Economy in Madison - Madison MS has many upscale subdivisions, good schools, restaurants, and golf courses
Quality of Life in Madison - The quality of life in Madison is extremely desirable.
It is considered one of the best cities to live in Mississippi. The commute is easy for all areas in the Metro.
The schools are good, the people are friendly.
Schools in Madison - Madison MS schools are some of the most sought-after schools in our metro area.
Our metro area has very desirable and popular private schools:
---Madison-Ridgeland Academy Private School is from Kindergarten through High School;
---St. Anthony Catholic School goes through elementary, :
---St. Joseph Catholic School goes from grades 7-12,
History of Madison - Madison, Mississippi, named for James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, grew up along a bustling railroad track in pre-Civil War Mississippi. It was 1856 when the Illinois Central Railroad opened its Madison Station, the forerunner of today’s City of Madison. Although near-by Madisonville, a settlement established along the stagecoach route of the Natchez Trace, boasted a race track, two banks, a wagon factory and at least one hotel, its residents could not resist the lure of the future. The newly established railroad community began to thrive, and Madisonville soon became extinct.
Like many railroad towns in the South, Madison Station fell victim to the Civil War. Just 10 miles from the state capital, Jackson, it was largely destroyed after the July 18-22, 1861 siege of Jackson. Although no battles were waged on Madison soil, Major General S.D. Lee, who ordered the first shot of the Civil War, concentrated his command in Madison Station during the month of February 1864. General Lee was later to become the first President of Mississippi A&M, now Mississippi State University. The railroad continued to serve as a magnet for business growth after the Civil War. In 1897, the Madison Land Company encouraged our northern neighbors to "Go South, and grow up with the country." Located in Chicago on the Illinois Central Railroad line, the Land Company’s interest in development prompted Madison to incorporate as a village, although the charter was later lost when regular elections were not held due to the failure of the "land boom".
The Land Company offered prime land for as little as $3.00 an acre. The company boasted that Mississippi had the lowest debt ratio in the nation at $19.00 per capita and that Mississippians were declared one third healthier by "official figures" than people in New York and Massachusetts. These figures were quoted with confidence in the Madison Land Company brochure by Bishop Hugh Miller Thompson, the Second Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi and a Madison resident, who hailed originally from the Wisconsin heartland.
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