Blue Ridge Views Beckon
Madison, VA, was founded in 1792 by James Madison, Founder of the Constitution and the fourth President of the United States. His home, Montpelier lies in Orange County and looks West to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the County which is his namesake. A sixth of the county of Madison, VA lies within Shenandoah National Park and one has views of the mountains from just about anywhere in the County. Outside Magazine included the 9.2 mile Old Rag loop hike as one of the top 25 in the world! Be assured that although Old Rag is a world renowned hike, there are many, many more opportunities to hike in the County beyond Old Rag Mountain.
Madison, VA has a rich agricultural history as early settlers moved west from the Germanna Colonies and an active Farmer’s Market and there are nearly as many cattle in the County as residents. You can spend a day picking apples or listening to “picked” music at Graves Mountain Lodge with its Apple Harvest Festival or at is famous three day long Bluegrass Festival. The County is home to several wineries and breweries which use hops grown right in the County! A fun outing with the kids is a trip to Yoder’s Country Market which serves delicious ice cream and hosts an awesome petting zoo.
Madison, VA has an active historical society in town and you can take a walking tour of the town complete with an annotated guidebook (be sure to stop in at the Visitor Center on Main Street) and the Drug Store complete with a soda fountain. There are plenty of artisans with unique shops throughout Madison, VA and the Tween Rivers Trail site is a great planning resource. Its name refers to the many rivers which run in the County which afford plenty of recreational opportunities from fishing, to canoeing and kayaking. They are the Rapidan, Robinson and Hughes rivers. Link to Lodging in Madison, VA. Opportunities abound for hunting and fishing in the Rapidan Wildlife Management Areas. For those who like to shop there are many eclectic art and antique stores throughout the County as well as the Plow and Hearth Outlet store as Madison is where the company began.
Madison is only 40 minutes from Charlottesville, VA which has an airport as well as a first class medical center at UVA (University of Virginia). The University also has many free and paid lectures, performances, museums and of course its sporting events. Madison’s proximity to Orange and Culpeper also invite additional opportunities for leisure and entertainment with additional wineries, Inns and shops.
Let the beauty of Madison, VA bring you to the mountains! Whether you’re looking for a historic home, a small farmette or just a place to call home, you’ll be able to find it in Madison, VA.
Things to Do in Madison, VA
Outdoor activities, Wineries/Breweries and More
Click here for up to date listing of local events for Madison, VA. Some of the more popular events are:
- Madison Wool and Wine Festival and Sheep Dog Trials – a tradition and something for everyone
- Taste of the Mountains – a street festival with music, crafts and vendors in August
- Parades throughout the year – Christmas and Fourth of July
- Special Farmers Market Hours during Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Season
- Rescue Squad Fundraiser Breakfasts and Dinners
- Library Fundraising Auction
- Quilt Show
- Yoder’s BBQ Dinners