MADISON - "This area, formerly part of Guilford and known as East Guilford, was first settled about 1650 on land bought from the Nehantic and Mohegan Indians in 1641. With population increasing, settlers here sought separate parishes and the Society of East Guilford was incorporated in 1707, the Society of North Madison, called North Bristol, in 1753. The Town of Madison, named for President James Madison, was incorporated in 1826. This was once a center for fishing, shipping, shipbuilding, framing, and crayon manufacturing. Famous people born here included Thomas Chittenden, first Governor of Vermont; philanthropist Daniel Hand; artist Gilbert Munger; and chief sponsor of the Civil War ironclad warship Monitor, Cornelius Scranton Bushnell."
The historians tell the tale of the past and today Madison remains a mix of old and new. In the quaint downtown area you can stoll along the steet enjoying the feel of the past. Stop for lunch at Cafe Allegre , pick out a book at the R.J. Julia Bookstore or watch a film at the Madison Art Cinema.
You can also just wander around soaking in the athmosphere, on the eastern end of the downtown section sits the home of Deacon John Grave from the 1600's
Traveling west beyond Madison Center you can view the modern artwork along Sculpture Mile and also the William Raveis Madison office.
Madison is also home to the largest public beach in Connecticut. Hammonasset State Park covers over 900 acres offering 2 miles of sandy beach and a 3/4 mile boardwalk. Nature lovers can enjoy the outdoors in Madison by spending the night at one of Hammonasset's over 500 Campsites.
The town website is a good source of information about Madison, Connecticut.
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