Madison Attractions: [Number] Historical Sites Worth a Visit

There are many Madison attractions in this historical town to visit. This quaint little villa is located in northern Virginia and has many historic buildings and natural beauty that keep visitors coming back for more.

James L. Kemper Residence
414 N. Main St.
Madison, VA 22727
www.hmdb.org

Built in 1852, this unique old house was built for Thomas Welch who was a senator at the time. The revival style house was then purchased by Mr. James Kemper in 1868. Mr. Kemper, a Civil War general, served as Governor of Virginia in the late 1800s. You will see what life was like for a man with these responsibilities as you tour this inspiring house with its Greek architecture. It's one of the Madison attractions you won't soon forget. Located in the heart of Madison, you can still tour the main house, as well as the grounds and outbuildings before heading back to your Madison bed and breakfast.

James Madison Museum
129 Caroline St.
Orange, VA 22960
(540) 672-1776
www.jamesmadisonmus.org

The James Madison Museum is a tribute to one of our former presidents who was known as the "Father of the Constitution." The museum depicts just how life was lived for this treasured character in history. You can expect to see many of his favorite items, such as his chair which was given to him by his friend Thomas Jefferson. Another featured exhibit is a mixture of old farm tools. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 2011 admission for adults is $5. There is also a gift shop on the grounds. The museum is just down the road from your Madison inn.

Madison County Library
402 N. Main St.
Madison, VA 22727
(540) 948-4720
www.madisoncountyvalibrary.org

If you are looking for free Madison attractions, look no further than the Madison County library. The structure is one of a kind, and offers a history that dates back to the 60s. While there are thousands of books available for your perusal, you will find many dedicated to the history and background of Madison. Story hour and craft sessions are offered throughout the week, which is a great way to keep the kids busy when you're looking for a little quiet time. The library opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Graves Hill Historical Park
52 Bluff Mountain Rd.
Madison, VA 22727
www.madison-va.com

Graves Hill Historical Park is one of the Madison attractions you will not want to miss. It is located next to the Shenandoah National Park and is a tribute to Madison's history. You will see the importance of the people who once stood upon Graves Hill and called it home. There is a bronze plaque recognizing the outstanding service of some men in the area before and during the War Between the States. You can tour the replica of the old post office including its furnishings, from the early 1900s. The park was created around the time of our country's 400th anniversary and sits as a reminder of our historical past. The park is open to the public daily.