Sitting prominently on the Ohio River between the hubs of Cincinnati and Louisville, downtown Madison presents an outstanding collection of early American architecture – representing the cultural history of the river, founding of the state of Indiana, and the nation’s expansion westward. Downtown Madison has long been a tourism destination known for its natural and built beauty, boasting 200 years of historic architecture; tree-lined streetscapes, a lively commercial district, walkable neighborhoods, colorful gardens, and assortment of artistic offerings, and events. The town’s enviable location offers breathtaking views of the valley and the green hills of Kentucky. It is an inspirational place where the pace is slow and gentle, attracting visitors (a.k.a. future residents) from major metropolitan areas.
- A core population of 12,100, and within two hours of three major population centers – Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Cincinnati, Ohio. We are just big enough.
- A history encompassing rivers and railroads, western exploration, transportation, and commerce – We embody the dreams of our nation.
- The largest contiguous historic district in the US – We are a National Landmark filled with breath- taking architecture.
- A state park at the edge of the district boundary, boasting Indiana’s tallest waterfall, one of its six canyons for magnificent views, hiking, and exploration –We are a feast for the camera lens, paint brush and eyes.
- Home to Ribberfest – a scorching blues festival, RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival – the Midwest’s favorite roots Americana Music festival, live music nightly – We are a budding music destination.
- Home to countless art galleries and artists, not to mention the annual Chautauqua Festival of Art welcoming artists from across the country – We are a thriving community of acclaimed local artists.
- With an ever growing number of dining options – We are home to, local wine and cider, fine dining, and fun.
- Standing on the shoulders of more than 200 years of culturally significant artists.