WESTERN ROCKINGHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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The North Carolina Legislature acted to establish the town of Madison at the junction of the Dan and Mayo Rivers in 1815, but it was not until three years later that Randall Duke Scales laid off 96 half-acre lots and sold them at auction on June 3, 1818 for $67 to $100 each. Madison was named for the 4th president of the United States, President James Madison. The town was originally incorporated in 1873.
Train travel through the area began in 1888. This brought people and prompted growth, and the need for hotels—as many as seven at one time, some with 20 rooms.
Except for Penn Brothers Suspender Company that came in 1914 (now Gem-Dandy, Inc.), Madison remained largely a tobacco town until after World War II. It emerged as a textile town with the beginning of Madison Throwing Company in 1947. Today Unifi is a dominant industry in the town.
Other industries in the Madison area include Liberty Embroidery, and Pine Hall Brick.
Madison has boasted at least seven newspapers: Madison Democrat, Madison Enterprise, Madison Leader, Madison News, and Madison Observer, all being in the 1800’s. The Madison Herald began in the early 1900’s and became the Madison Messenger in 1915 and still carries the name today.
The 1920’s were a real boom-time for the town with the 1925 population swelling to 3,300, an all time high.
Madison’s central location puts it within 30 miles of Greensboro, NC, Winston-Salem, NC, Martinsville, VA, and Danville, VA. With a population of 2,262 citizens, Madison occupies 7.0 square miles of land area and has an elevation of 574 feet.
Today, Madison boasts two historic districts: one listed on the national historic registry; and the other a local historic district (the first federally certified local historic district in North Carolina). Many of the original homes from the early 1800’s still stand and represent outstanding examples of the 18th and early 19th centuries Federal, Greek Revival, Victorian, Colonial Revival and Bungalow styles.
Madison continues to grow with the addition of new specialty shops. New green and gold banners embellished with the "Town Clock" insignia have been installed along the streets of the downtown area with plans to add them to the entrance along the bridge. Strolling the sidewalks while looking for that special something has become a true pleasure. You can find almost anything you need while shopping in Western Rockingham County.
Easily accessible to major markets, excellent transportation systems, and urban amenities, Madison provides a small town environment with a wide variety of recreational, educational, medical, and cultural resources. Future Interstate 73 (U.S. 220) passes through Madison providing easy access to one of the major north-south transportation arteries on the east coast and to Piedmont Triad International Airport. With a large industrial base, manufacturing facilities are located in and near the town limits.
The town is governed by a seven member Board of Aldermen, including a voting mayor elected at-large every two years. In the 2005 election, staggered 4-year terms will begin for the six alderman. A town manager runs the day-to-day operations with the governing Board providing policy and oversight decisions. The Town Manager is responsible for the Town staff consisting of approximately 40 full-time employees and approximately 20 part-time employees. The annual operating budget is approximately $4.5 million.
Madison Fire Department is a 22 member team proudly protecting the citizens of Madison and co-operatively protecting the citizens of the Madison and Mayodan Fire District with the equal assistance of the Mayodan Fire Department.
The geography, moderate climate, industry and friendly folks make this area an attractive and excellent place to live.
• Central Business District Advisory Committee — The Central Business District Advisory Committee is responsible for representing the interests of downtown property and business owners for the continued health of the downtown area. The group administers Façade Renovation Grants to qualifying properties.
• Historic District and Properties Commission — The Historic District and Properties Commission is responsible with promoting, enhancing, and preserving the character of historic properties in the Town of Madison.
• Human Relations Commission — This commission is responsible for studying problems of discrimination in any or all fields of human relationship and encourage fair treatment and mutual understanding among all racial and ethnic groups throughout the town.
• Madison-Mayodan Recreation Commission — The Madison-Mayodan Recreation Commission is responsible for maintaining, promoting, administering and conducting recreation and cultural programs, activities, opportunities, and services for the benefit of citizens.
• Planning Board - The Planning Board serves in an advisory manner concerning land use issues.
• Board of Adjustment — The Board of Adjustment approves zoning variances, issues conditional use permits and hears appeals of decisions made by the Zoning Administrator.
Board of Aldermen Meetings are monthly on the second Thursday at 7 p.m.
WESTERN ROCKINGHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
112 W. Murphy St., Madison, NC 27025
Phone: 336-548-6248 Fax: 336-548-4466
Anne Griffin - Executive Director
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