By Tia Lynn Ivey
Approximately 1,000 visitors descended upon Madison last weekend for the annual “Madison in May” Spring Tour of Homes. This year’s tour featured five historical houses, one condominium, one new home, five historic churches, and three historical attractions.
The “Madison in May” Spring Tour of Homes is sponsored by the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC).
According to Elsie Monk, Chair of the “Madison in May” Spring Tour of Homes, “the tour allowed visitors to experience the living history of Madison while strolling through a collection of the city’s finest architecturally significant private homes.”
Also, Monk said “a special highlight of this year’s tour was the Martin-Baldwin-Weaver-Snyder house. Built about 1850, this grand house was described in the respected Guide to the Architecture of Georgia as one of the most fully realized examples of Greek Revival architecture in the state.” This is the first time that the restored and updated home has been open for tour in many years.”
Another highly-anticipated house on this year’s tour was the 1883 Foster-Thomason-Miller house, located at 498 South Main Street. Once called “ the most elegant country home in middle Georgia,” the Foster-Thomason-Miller suffered a severe fire back in 2001 in the form of a kitchen fire that caused extensive smoke and water damage throughout the structure. The structure slowly deteriorated to the point that the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation listed the house on its ‘Places in Peril” list.’ Fortunately, the Madison-Morgan Conservancy obtained the property in 2018, and is now proud to show it off. “Visitors will have a unique, one-time opportunity to view the somewhat faded but still mostly intact elegance of the Foster-Thomason-Miller house and envision how restoration could return the lady to its former status.”
In addition the other privately-owned homes and historic churches, the spring tour included a tour of the MMCC itself, which is located in the former 1895 graded school building
“Together, these grand structures and gardens tell the story of a genteel, gracious city – Madison, Georgia. The Spring Tour of Homes offered something for everyone with these unique in-town homes.”