In 1818, John Cartwright established the area that would eventually become Madison and became the community’s first resident. The town was originally called Madison Station for its location along the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, which was the main factor in the town’s major growth during the 1850s. Madison was also the location of a Civil War battle fought successfully by the Confederate Army’s Fifth Alabama Cavalry against the Union’s Thirteenth Illinois Infantry Regiment. Since its early days, Madison has grown rapidly and has become a suburb of nearby Huntsville. In 2006, the Madison Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
For its size, Madison is packed full of parks and open public spaces that promote healthy, outdoor activity and a clean, fresh-air environment. During a long day at work or for a weekend day with friends or family, the outdoorsy can visit any one of over five parks and recreational areas within three miles of each other. Take in the rare breeze at Palmer Park or Creekwood Park, or cool off on a hot sunny day in the outdoor swimming pool at Dublin Park. If the public pool is not your thing, grab some friends and pack a lunch before heading to Mill Creek Greenway for a little picnic and a dip in the creek.
You do not have to travel far to find solid entertainment in the Madison area. No matter what your idea of fun is, Madison has something to suit your tastes. Enjoy a mini-shopping spree at the Madison Village Shopping Center, then grab something to eat either at the center or just down the way at Schlotzsky’s, where you can enjoy a hot, home-style meal or various quick deli options. After your meal, catch a movie at Cobb Theatre just off the interstate, then finish the night off with drinks at The Stem and Stein.