For the second year in a row, Madison has been named one of the best Historic Small Towns in America by a national publication, USA Today. Competing against 20 small towns across the nation nominated for the recognition, Madison earned the number 10 spot of USA Today’s list.
According to USA Today, “Despite its small size, this town an hour east of Atlanta boasts more than 45 specialty shops and 160 antique dealers, all with a distinct Southern small town feel. The historic district’s oak-lined streets, Antebellum homes, gardens and churches make Madison one of the prettiest small towns in the South….The USA has a rich and exciting history, and visiting the places which most affected it is so much more fun than reading about it. These 10 winners for Best Historic Small Town have big histories and small populations – fewer than 30,000 people as of the last census – making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation’s past.
Ellen Sims, director of the Madison-Morgan Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to see Madison on the list again. “‘The CVB is thrilled that Madison’s charm has been recognized by USAToday for the second year in a row!” said Sims. “We finished 6th overall on last year’s ‘Best Historic Small Town’ list and the nomination alone speaks for itself. We are so thankful for this recognition as well as the continued support from our community. This is, yet again, another huge accolade for our town.”
USAToday assembled a panel of experts to select 20 small historic towns across the nation as candidates for the publication’s annual top ten list. The 20 nominees were put out to public to vote upon with the top ten towns earning the most votes winning a slot on the coveted list.
“A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote,” explained USAToday.” Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Beth D’Addono (100 Things To Do in New Orleans Before You Die), Deborah Fallows (Our Towns: A 100,000 Journey into the Heart of America), Eric Grossman, Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Gerrish Lopez and Chelle Koster Walton were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in the United States.”
The top ten winners include: Tarpon Springs, Florida; Natchitoches, Louisiana;
Haddonfield, New Jersey; Williamsburg, Virginia;
Natchez, Mississippi; Dodge City, Kansas; Cody, Wyoming;
Solvang, California; Bath, Maine; and Madison, Georgia.