Madison is a 'Florida favoriate small town' , nick-name by VISIT FLORIDA. This is the kind of small town you would see in an Hallmark movie, with the bell chimes through out the town on the hour and half hour. Offering a beautiful country backdrop to history, culture, and nature gives us the reason to boast that "Our Attraction Is Only Natural." Madison County is home to our Four Freedoms Park, complete with an old-fashioned gazabo in the center of the park square. This is where the Four Freedoms Monument resides to symbolize the four freedoms outlined in a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and salutes our very own hometown Hero, Capt. Colin P. Kelly, the first hero of World War II. Our rich architectural history shines with the stately Madison County Courthouse, circa 1912, and the real life "To Kill A Mockingbird" style courtroom still in use today. Guided walking tours are available of our downtown historic district that includes Madison's oldest home, the Livingston House, circa 1836, many historic markers and churches. We even have a classic steam engine that was in service in 1919 and is still operational today!
Our western Town of Greenville recently renovated the childhood home of entertainer Ray Charles, a simple beginning for a most talented man, whose life-sized bronze statue is displayed proudly in Haffye Hayes Park on US Highway 90 in Greenville.
Madison County is bordered on three sides by rivers, the Aucilla River to the west, the Withlacoochee to the north, and the Suwannee River to the east. The Madison Blue Springs State Park, a first magnitude spring known worldwide, touts beautiful water, and allows access to the Suwannee River for canoeing, cave diving, fishing, swimming , kayaking, tubing and camping.
If you enjoy bird watching, we are home to the Ladell Brothers nature center and the Twin Rivers State Forest which also lends itself to horseback riding.
Our charm, hospitality and beautiful scenery keep people coming back. You don't have to live here to love it, but you could!
Brian Annett spent some time recently with Madison County Chamber of Commerce telling the story of Annett Bus Lines and how the Annett Family started their business. Starting as a tour company primarily focused in Florida, in 1976, with one bus and a determination to provide the safest customer service in bus transportation. Formerly known as Trailways, Annett is now a 100% charter bus company providing buses & drivers for schools, church camps, bands and the military. Annett provides many educational tours for student travel throughout the state. All buses are wifi/internet accessible, each with their own bathroom facility. Brian’s brother, David Annett, also works with the company running the Jacksonville location. Together, this family business has several hubs throughout the state, including Jacksonville, Panama City, Sebring, Ocala, and of course, Madison – which is the operations hub, as well as where paint and body works and maintenance are performed. Brian attributes much of Annett’s success to the great employees they have! The employees, most that have been with Annett for years, concentrate on the company’s ‘Safety First’ mindset, along with a solid work ethic and sense of diligence you don’t always see in today’s industries. ‘Safety First’ mindset, along with a solid work ethic and sense of diligence you rarely see in today’s industries.
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