There must be a Main Street in every city in the USA, or at least it seems like it. Years ago, small town Main Street featured the post office, city hall, hardware store, grocery store, movie theater and the barber shop just to name a few of the businesses that were the hub of the town. Our granddads and great-granddads pioneered these little towns and created the start of the American dream.
Today small towns are still there, but with the growth and progress of the American way of life, we tend to overlook these rich, historic areas of our cities that use to be the center of everything. Madison Alabama is no exception. Madison Station, the town’s original name, was founded to be the railroad depot. Main Street in Madison runs along side the railroad tracks, which are still being used with trains passing through town at least twice a day. Now instead of the post office or grocery store, there are independent businesses inhabiting the old buildings that are being maintained.
One great feature on Main Street in Madison is Main Street Cafe. This little cafe is a story in itself. Back in the 1950’s it was City Hall and it contained the jail, which amounted to two jail cells. If some afternoon you want to enjoy a great lunch at the cafe, you may get to share one of the old jail cells.
For those who are lovers of old homes and their history, you will love a stroll down Front Street and Church Street. These two streets meet at the Village Green where you’ll find the Roundhouse. The Historical Society of Madison holds monthly meetings at the Roundhouse, where a wealth of information can be obtained about the town’s residents and history.
The charm and beauty of this old town is still there. As we go about our daily routine and busy schedules, we pass right by a relic from our past without realizing its significance. All we have to do, is stop for a moment and take in the view.
Want a personal tour of the Historic Areas of Huntsville and Madison? Why not drop me an email or give me a call 256-479-9337 and we’ll make it happen.