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Morgan County Charter School System selected by uga athletics as the official health care provider since 1999

13 Advanced Placement courses and International Baccalaureate Program at Morgan County High School Breaking ground on a new, state-of-the-art College & Career Academy in 2017 for high school and middle school students Freshman Academy at Morgan County High School Art, music, foreign language and physical education taught in all schools

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Award winning band, drama and chorus organizations Air Force ROTC - Distinguished Unit with Merit 89.5% Graduation Rate, one of the highest in Georgia SMARTBoard technology in each classroom All schools accredited with quality by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and AdvancED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)

Morgan County Elementary School and Morgan County Primary School Title: 1 Distinguished Schools Morgan County Middle School: Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch Board of Education: Recognized as a

“Quality Board” by Georgia School Board Association College & Career Academy: Awarded a $3.4 million grant in 2016 System wide: Awarded a $621,655 STEAM Grant

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contents Welcome & History.................4 Commerce..............................6

The magazine that reflects the lifestyle of residents in Madison and Morgan County.

Locally Grown........................10

Q uality


Publisher: Patrick Yost Editor: Tracey Buckalew Graphic Designer: Tracey Buckalew

Education..............................18 Arts & Culture.........................22 Shopping..............................24 Leisure...................................26 Lodging.................................30 Dining....................................32 Faith & Worship.....................34 Housing........................36 At Your Fingertips...................38 At a Glance ...........................40

Advanced Audiology.....20 Algin Realty......................29 Ally Qwik Pack & Ship.......20 Amelia’s.........................25 Athens Academy.............37 Athens Regional.............13 Bank of Madison..............21 Barkin’ Dogs Shoe Co......25 Baxalta...........................7 Breco Realty....................12


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Advertising Representatives: Debbie Smith, Dianne Yost, Cameron Gunter Contributing Writer: Bob Hughes Photo Contributions: Aubrey Harris, Broderick Smylie, AnnaElizabeth McCloud, Tiffany Kelly, Dianne Yost, Tracey Buckalew, Jesse Walker, Jamie Miles, Jack Meyer, Andrea Fowler (Keeping it Cozy blog) The Madison-Morgan County Quality of LIfe Guide is published by Main Street Communications P. O. Box 708, Madison, GA 30650, (706) 342-7440. © Copyright 2016 by Main Street Communications. Reproduction in whiole or in part without written permission is prohibited.

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Madison Baptist..............35 Madison-Morgan County Office of Economic Development................41 Madison-Morgan Cultural Center..........................35 MadisonChristianChurch.....35 Mainstreet Madison..........3 McGinnis Realty..............21 Morgan Charter School....IF

Morgan Memorial...........BC Morgan Stanley.................9 Rema Tip Top....................39 St. Mary’s.............................1 United Bank......................17 Walton EMC......................29 Woodruff Dentistry...........39

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welcome ... to Morgan County Georgia! Our cities of Madison, Rutledge, Bostwick and Buckhead range in population from the largest, Madison—home to nearly 4,000 residents—and our smallest, Buckhead—approximately 170 residents. Rich in individual charm, visitors soon discover why this area has received accolades from around the world. Madison in particular, has been internationally recognized as a lovely, unique community. Even early in county history, this picturesque town was acknowledged for its aesthetic value, as was evidenced in The 1845 Guide to Georgia, wherein Madison was described as the “Most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charlestown to New Orleans.” More recently in 2001, Madison was selected by Holiday Travel as the” #1 Small Town in America” and as “One of the 16 Most Picturesque Villages in the World” by Budget Travel magazine. With one of the largest historic districts in the State of Georgia, Madison also boasts a vibrant downtown with high quality restaurants, an active cultural community, excellent shopping opportunities and great recreational activities. Additionally, our area hosts an ever-increasing number of domestic and international corporations which benefit from the community’s proximity to major distribution networks and its unprecedented quality of life. Come and experience the true taste of southern grace that continues to make Madison and Morgan County a subject of national interest.


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a little history On December 10, 1807, an act of the General Assembly formed our beautiful county from sections of neighboring Baldwin. Georgia’s 30th county was named in honor of Revolutionary War General (and later, Virginia Congressman) Daniel Morgan, who is best remembered for his victory over the British at Cowpens in 1781.

The City of Madison, incorporated on December 12, 1809, was named in honor of United States President James Madison, and was subsequently established as the county seat of the newly formed Morgan County. The community was designed using a typical town square layout and, in 1809, the first town lots were sold. Madison quickly became the main economic center of Morgan County, and developed a bustling commercial downtown. Being on the stagecoach route between Philadelphia via Charleston and New Orleans, and in the crossroads of two major railroad lines, the community of Madison enjoyed the benefits of location-based commerce. Because it was spared from major destruction during the Civil War due to General Sherman's respect for local resident, pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill, modernday Madison is home to an impressive collection of pre-Civil War and Victorian style architecture. Today, the city's well-maintained architecture continues to boost the area's economy through tourism of its historic district. As for its location, Madison still enjoys an economic advantage, being situated at the intersection of an Interstate and three US highways. Morgan County is also home to the City of Rutledge, founded in 1845, the City of Bostwick, and the City of Buckhead, founded in 1891.

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Rising industry Opportunity


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he Development Authority of Morgan County has been in existence since 1969 and works with new and expanding industries interested in Industrial Revenue Bond financing. Morgan County is a “Tier 3” county designated by the state for job creation tax credits. Madison and Morgan County are 100% Freeport, exempting certain classes of business inventory from ad valorem property taxation. The county also has a labor force of over 9,000 people, with over 130,000 people in the labor draw area for workforce. Morgan County hosts a mix of small businesses and larger enterprises with Georgia Pacific, Mannington Mills, Pennington Seed, Anthony, Wal-Mart and Lowe’s making up our major, private sector employers. Georgia Pacific (structural panels); Mannington Mills (flooring); Pennington Seed (grass and bird seed); Flambeau (molded and injected plastics); Bard Manufacturing (HVAC equipment); REMA Tip Top (tire repair supplies); Anthony (bent and tempered glass); Seachem (aquarium supplies); and Bulldog Steel Fabricators are our largest manufacturers. While Morgan County is looking forward to continuing to

The economic health of Morgan County can be attributed to a robust commercial sector, and also to thriving agribusiness, manufacturing, hospitality and tourism-based businesses. attract national and international businesses such as our newest industrial expansion, Mannington Mills, we are also creating additional economic opportunities for the entire state of Georgia. In early 2008, Morgan County became the state’s

Baxalta (previously Baxter Healthcare) is near completion of a new one million-squarefoot, technologically advanced, biomedical manufacturing facility at Stanton Springs, a joint development project of Morgan, Jasper, Walton and Newton counties. This $1 Billion campus is the anchor tenant in a 1500-acre mixed use development located just 15 miles from downtown Madison and a short 2 miles from Georgia Perimeter College. This facility will employ approximately 1500 people when it reaches full production in 2018. In conjunction with this project, the State of Georgia has built a new, cuttingedge training facility to provide hands on training for future biomedical workers.

82nd “Entrepreneur Friendly” community, symbolizing a commitment to help foster small business and local entrepreneurs. Individuals considering this area for industry will find that the City of Madison and Morgan County welcome and support new business endeavors. With a wide variety of industrial sites, services, incentives and an excellent infrastructure, Morgan County has all the elements for success. In fact, two exciting new tourist attractions are on the Morgan County horizon. The Farmview Market opened in February and offers farm fresh products including meats, cheeses, dairy and vegetables. The county farmers’ market will be housed there, as will a farm fresh café and wares from local craftsmen. The Madison Morgan County Chamber of Commerce is constantly trying to improve our community and to bring in new opportunities by expanding and attracting businesses that will positively impact the area. Please feel free to contact the Chamber of Commerce if you have any questions or desire additional information. We can be reached at 706-438-3120 or through the website at

Baxalta Incorporated, a global biopharmaceutical leader dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to patients with orphan diseases and underserved conditions, is actively hiring for its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Stanton Springs Industrial Park near Social Circle. We’re hiring in: • Manufacturing • Quality Control • Utilities and Process Maintenance • Warehouse • Many other areas

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Groundbreaking for The Georgia Zoo and Safari Park is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016. This will be a 400-acre, walk-through zoo with an interpretive drive-through component. At build out, the Zoo will also provide tree top lodging and glamour camping.

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LOCALLY GROWN Got Local Food? Historically, Morgan County and the surrounding areas have been home to many family farms and, more recently, medium-sized, commercial farms. As a rapidly growing hub for the local food movement in Georgia, we support a wide variety of farms that produce local and organic meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. With prime agricultural soils and plenty of fresh water, Morgan County’s agrarian landscapes continue to yield healthy, delicious products. From permanently protected cattle pastures at Malcom’s Crossroads to an organic vegetable farm nestled in the bottomlands near Sugar Creek, Morgan County’s farms are diverse and productive. Conveniently located in close proximity to the four largest food markets in GA: Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, and Macon, this area is well-positioned to satisfy Georgia’s increasing desire for locally produced food, and to effectively create new economic opportunities for farmers.

Agri-tourism: the New Wave in Tourism Meander through Morgan County and you’ll find sunflower fields, Christmas tree farms, fields of bright yellow canola, peach orchards, organic vegetable farms, pastures full of cattle, horse farms, blueberry farms, and even an alpaca or two. Coupled with the heritage tourism industry that has


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long existed in the city of Madison, county farms are delighted to participate in the expanding industry of agritourism. Related to the local food movement, this opportunity gives consumers a direct connection with the land and to its people. Many of these locations supply food to some of the finest restaurants in Atlanta and Athens. In Morgan County, agritourism is about more than just food – ride horses, cut your own Christmas trees, get married under a huge oak tree at a farm B&B, or witness one of Georgia’s last cotton gins turn cotton boles into cotton bales. A variety of festivals throughout the year celebrate Morgan County’s agrarian heritage and bring thousands of tourists to the area. The new FARMVIEW Market which opened February, 2016, couples a traditional farmer’s market with a farmto-table café, a butcher shop offering local beef, pork and poultry, and crafts by local artisans. Two restored barns dating from the late 1700’s and early 1800’s add to the down-home ambiance of this incredible facility. We invite you to explore some of our wonderful agrarian landscapes and feast on our delicious, healthy fare. To plan a trip to meander through Morgan County, please download the FARMeander guide, or visit the Welcome Center in downtown Madison. The bounty of Morgan County awaits!

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POWERING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Georgia Power is committed to the social and economic growth of the communities we serve. Since creating Lake Oconee in 1979, Georgia Power has invested in the future of Madison-Morgan County by providing safe, reliable energy as well as countless recreational opportunities. We’re proud to play an integral role in the continued growth of the region – and partner with area residents and chambers to promote the community and economic development of Georgia’s Lake Country. econdevga @ southernco . com



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Madison and Morgan County are proud to offer the finest in medical technology, services, and professional care available. From early childhood to the retirement years, timely, comprehensive and compassionate treatment is assured.



As Morgan County continues to grow, the community is secure in the knowledge that excellent healthcare services are locally available. Morgan Memorial Hospital has a rich history, dating back to 1960, and is committed to providing an overall high quality, comprehensive healthcare network to the area. Since the first cornerstone was laid over 55 years ago, Morgan Memorial (MMH) has continuously expanded to meet the growing needs of the community. Current services include a 24-hour physician-staffed emergency room; hospitalist program; full-service laboratory; digital diagnostic imaging including CT, X-ray, MRI, mammography, ultrasound and bone density; cardiopulmonary; physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as outpatient surgical procedures. MMH also serves the community and surrounding areas through acute care and swing bed programs. As one of only 26 trauma centers in Georgia, Morgan Memorial participates in ongoing programs


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of required, specialty trauma courses. This ensures that all staff and physicians are able to uphold the highest standards of innovative and effective emergency care. We are pleased to convey that statistics show a patient’s chance of survival is increased two-fold when taken to a trauma center. A key part of the strategic vision of the Morgan County Hospital Authority is the construction of a replacement hospital facility. Plans are nearing completion and call for the facility to be built on the Hwy 441 bypass. Through a clinical collaboration agreement with Athens Regional Medical Center, physicians from various specialties will see patients and perform procedures in the new facility, providing clinical care closer to home for local residents. Understandably, the Morgan County community has reasons to be proud of our healthcare services and its highly trained staff. As a non-profit organization, Morgan Memorial counts on community support as a vital piece of their success. In fact, local community members were instrumental in raising funds, through

the purchase of bonds, in order to open the original hospital. Two volunteer groups, the Morgan Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Morgan Memorial Healthcare Foundation, strive to generate awareness and raise funds to ensure that the latest medical technology continues to be available locally.

For further information on Morgan Memorial Hospital and the services and opportunities available, contact Megan Morris at 706-752-2237. Morgan Memorial Hospital 1077 S. Main St. Madison, GA 30650 706-342-1667

PUBLIC HEALTH The Morgan County Health Department is dedicated to keeping Morgan County well through a number of prevention and educational programs. Immunizations, stroke prevention, family planning and cancer screenings are just a few of the services provided by the department on a sliding scale fee basis. The clinic is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30a.m.4:30 p.m., Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Morgan County Health Department 2005 S. Main St., Suite 200 Madison, GA 30650 (706) 752-1266

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Proposed plans for new Morgan County High School

The Morgan County Charter School System is committed to using effective “non-negotiable” instructive practices in the areas of student achievement, community and school relationships, school climate, continuous development, and operational effectiveness in every classroom, every day. The goal of our faculty and staff is to promote the success of all students by encouraging them to achieve at their highest level.




here are approximately 3200 students enrolled on five campuses (including CrossRoads Alternative Education Program) that comprise the Morgan County Charter School System, all of which are located in Madison. Prior to becoming a Charter System in 2011, each school in the system was designated as a Converted Charter School. A Charter System is a local public school district that operates under the terms of a charter between the State Board of Education and the local school district. The system receives flexibility from certain state rules and regulations in exchange for greater accountability. An emphasis is placed upon school-based leadership and decision-making that leads the system to meet the individual needs of all students. A working Strategic Plan guides each school’s Improvement Plan, which provides educators and all stakeholders with student performance targets based on analyzed data, and resources such as technology and Professional Learning opportunities. Four Lottery Preschool classes are housed at Morgan County Primary School, along with students in kindergarten through second grades. A variety of programs are offered at this level, including physical


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education, art, music, Spanish, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), special education, gifted education, Language Literacy Connection and the Early Intervention Program for “at risk” students. Children in grades three through five attend Morgan County Elementary School, which has been named a Title I Distinguished School for the third consecutive year. Morgan County Middle School is home to students in grades six through eight and has been named a “Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch” based on academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes. Nationally recognized for its Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate diploma offerings, Morgan County High School also has one of the highest graduation rates in the state. CrossRoads Alternative Educational Program is a separate school for students in grades six through twelve who require an alternative setting because of conduct difficulties. The Morgan County Charter School System Board of Education has been deemed a “Quality Board” by the GA School Boards Association.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers more than 100 programs for students that can be taken advantage of prior to high school graduation. Through a joint and dual enrollment program with Morgan County Schools, participants are able to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Georgia Piedmont has facilities in Morgan, Newton, Rockdale and DeKalb Counties. Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is one of the largest technical colleges in the state of Georgia, and serves over 25,000 students annually. In addition to providing accredited programs, continuing education and adult literacy, the College provides educational training for entry into 100+ skilled and paraprofessional occupations. These programs carry enrollment terms ranging from one to seven terms in length, and lead to a certificate, diploma or an Associate in Applied Sciences degree. Operating in Madison is an extended campus of Georgia Military College (GMC), a coeducational, accredited junior college and career academy that is based in Milledgeville. As a liberal Arts community college, GMC has designed its degree programs to prepare students for transfer to senior level colleges or to enter specific career fields upon graduation. GMC-

Madison offers the opportunity for students to earn Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Sciences degrees. GMC has an open enrollment program and offers courses in the afternoon, evening and on weekends, catering to students who want to attend college while employed. The student body at GMC-Madison includes a variety of age groups and includes recent high school graduates as well as students who have already been in the workforce. There is no military requirement to attend GMC. Georgia Perimeter College is located less than 20 miles from Madison and is a two-year associate degree-granting unit of the University System of Georgia. GPC serves metro Atlanta with multiple campus locations and offers more than 40 programs of study, including Nursing, Business Administration, Education, Dental Hygiene, Criminal Justice and Sign Language Interpreting. On January 6, 2015, it was announced that Georgia Perimeter College would become a part of Georgia State University, thus becoming one of the largest universities in the United States. Although the GPC campus will become a component of the University, it will still maintain its own mission, degrees, and admittance requirements, separately from that of the main campus. The consolidation is expected to take a year to complete. Also within an easy drive are the private Oxford College of Emory University and the University of Georgia.

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Heritage Hall Known as Madison’s Antebellum Dame, this 1811 Greek Revival home lies in the heart of downtown Madison and is a popular location for weddings and sightseers. Also known as the Jones-Turnell-Manley House, Heritage Hall has been enjoyed by centuries of families, but is now operated by the Friends of Heritage Hall, Inc., who have maintained it’s glory throughout the last 30 years. Relocated in 1909, the home was pulled by a team of horses to it’s current destination 200 feet away. Today, this antebellum dwelling is celebrated for having housed area nobles such as “Madison’s First Lady,” Sue Reid Walton Manley, and also Dr. Elijah Evans, chairman of the Georgia Female College’s Board of Trustees. It is remains one of the most visited attractions in Madison. Heritage Hall 277 South Main St., Madison 706-342-9627 Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 am-4 pm & Sun., 1:30 pm-4:30 pm

arts & culture Antiques, antebellum architecture and a slew of museums are just a few of the attractions that make Madison the hub of Morgan County’s arts and culture scene. With more additions to the region’s art repertoire each year, we are constantly striving to promote, encourage and strengthen a vital element in making this community diverse and multidimensional.

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Madison Artists Guild The Madison Artists Guild is a terrific little gallery packed with outstanding work from local artists. The Guild hosts a myriad of art shows throughout the year, a schedule for which can be found on their website or by visiting The Madison Artists Guild 217 W. Jefferson St., Madison 770-367-1203 Independent galleries and studios are dotted throughout the county, allowing guests to view and purchase local artwork. Additionally, Madison and Morgan County have a calendar filled with special events year-round, which accompany and complement it’s renowned art scene.

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is located in an exquisite Romanesque Revival building originally constructed in 1895 as one of the first multi-grade public schools in the South. This re-purposed facility is now home to permanent museum exhibits that reveal the area’s history, three art galleries that feature rotating exhibits, and a 397-seat Theatre of the Cultural Center. School assemblies were once held in the expansive theatre, but it now hosts thousands of visitors each year who come to enjoy an annual antiques show, the Madison in May Spring Tour of Private Homes, and the Chamber Music Festival. Just outside, the Center’s Front Lawn Sculpture Park exhibits the latest works of contemporary artists, and hosts a popular, annual concert and fireworks display for Independence Day.

displayed at the museum (as is a collection of personal artifacts documenting the artist’s life), and are used to illustrate the value of understanding oneself and his or her connection to the environment.

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Steffen Thomas Museum of Art On the outskirts of Madison, the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art in Buckhead serves as a center of motivation for the creative expression of Georgia’s youth. This institution is devoted to encouraging children to develop their own artistic finesse and to create an understanding of the natural world. The museum’s namesake, Steffen Thomas, was a noted sculptor and artist in the Southeast, and was a recipient of many public art commissions. His sculptures, paintings, mosaics, ceramics and furniture are

Antique Show & Sale - February MadisonFest – April Morgan County Relay for Life – April BRAG (Bike Ride Across Georgia) - April Spring Tour of Homes & Gardens - May Rutledge Annual County Fair – May Memorial Day Ceremony and Ride for America Motorcycle Parade @ Madison Town Park – May Madison Chamber Music Festival – June Independence Day Concert, Picnic & Fireworks – July Firefly Festival – July Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff @ Madison Town Park – October Camp Twin Lakes – Spin for Kids - October Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival – November Holiday Tour of Homes – December Caroling by Candlelight - December

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shopping Although Madison is most famous for its historic homes, it is much more than a place with a welldocumented pedigree. The vibrant downtown boasts antique markets, boutique shops, and unique eateries – all plentiful enough to keep even the most avid of shoppers busy.

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A stroll through the historic districts of Madison and nearby Rutledge, can easily turn into an all-day shopping spree while discovering the many gift and specialty shops available. Designer fashions can be found in the boutique stores, many of which can be found within historic buildings. Indulge yourself. From boutique and designer clothing to rare antiques, you’re sure to find a treasure in one of our many specialty shops. Lists of member shops and galleries can be found on the website of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.madisonga. org for more information.


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Morgan County African-American Museum This museum is dedicated to preserving AfricanAmerican heritage and promoting awareness of the contributions African-Americans have made to the culture of the South. 156 Academy St., Madison 706-342-9191 Morgan County Courthouse Anchoring historic downtown Madison is the massive Neoclassical Revival – style Morgan County Courthouse built in 1905. 149 E. Jefferson St., Madison 706-342-0725

leisure Not only is Madison a wonderful place to relax and experience southern hospitality, but it’s also a playground for water activities, carriage rides and outdoor adventures. From endless shopping to lush, picturesque landscapes in which to explore, the town encourages its visitors to embrace their inner youth while entertaining the children, too. Morgan County is truly one of the South’s greatest small communities, and many of Georgia’s treasures lie just around the corner. Historical sites about the Civil War and Georgia’s Antebellum Trails are nearby, as are picturesque, small towns along I-20, where you’ll find southern hospitality at its best.


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Apalachee School House This two-story Apalachee School building is a quaint reminder of a bygone era. Moved to its present location in 1910, the old Apalachee School is now a community educational center and venue for special occasions. Lower Apalachee Rd., Madison

ENRICHMENT Madison-Morgan Cultural Center A beautiful example of Romanesque Revival, this red brick structure was built in 1895 as one of the South’s first graded public schools. Today, it is a vibrant focal point in the community, and houses a non-profit for multidisciplinary performing and visual arts. 434 South Main St., Madison 706-342-4743 Heritage Hall Located in the heart of downtown Madison, Georgia, Heritage Hall opens its doors to welcome guests daily. The home is maintained by the Morgan County Historical Society and is known for its architectural and historical significance. 277 South Main St., Madison 706-342-9627 Rogers House/Rose Cottage Tours are available to view historic Rose Cottage, a home built in 1891 by Adeline Rose, who was born into slavery. Adeline worked in town washing and ironing for 50 cents a load, servicing mainly the boarders at Hardy House, an establishment once owned by the mother of famous comedian Oliver Hardy. Next door, the Rogers House is a fine example of Piedmont Plain-style architecture. This historic house was designed as a two-over-two style (two rooms over two rooms) with the back shed portion most likely added around 1820. This structure pre-dates the 1905 Morgan County Courthouse by nearly 100 years. 179 E. Jefferson St., Madison 706-343-0190

Richter Cottage This early 1800s home rests on its original site and is currently the headquarters of the Morgan County Landmarks Society. It is used as a teaching tool in the school system’s heritage education program and is open by appointment. 490 Wellington St., Madison 706-342-0434

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Historic Walking-Driving Tour Stop at the Madison Welcome Center and pick up a walking/driving tour brochure that covers one of the largest historical districts in the state. Stretch your legs, and enjoy learning about our rich history and architecture. 115 E. Jefferson St., Madison 706-342-4454 Town Park This lovely downtown attraction is a new $4 million green space and public gathering ground that has quickly become a favorite place for events. From concerts to festivals and road races, Town Park is a place to relax and to play. 218 W. Jefferson St., Madison 706-342-1251 Heritage Park Approximately 30-acres, this multi-use park has three ball fields, a playground and small play area, two shelters, a soccer field, walking trail, butterfly garden and even a “Bark Park” for the canines. 1000 Heritage Park Cir., Madison 706-342-9340

Dupree Track and Field Complex With a full-size football field and a state-ofthe-art 400-meter track with eight lanes, this complex is perfect for walking, jogging or running. Located in front of Morgan County High School, the grounds are open to the public daily. Bleachers are convenient for spectators, and can accommodate more than 400 people. 1230 College Dr., Madison Morgan County Tennis Complex This complex features eight lighted courts that are open for tennis lessons and tournaments, and for public use during daylight hours until 11 pm. The grounds also feature a concession stand, restrooms, a picnic area, and a 50-space parking lot. Located on the corner of College Street and College Drive, across the street from Morgan County High School. Phone: 706-342-0588. Morgan County Aquatic Center Recently opened in 2009, the Center is operated by the Morgan County Recreation Department. This climate and humidity-controlled building boasts an indoor 8-lane by 25 yard-long heated competition/ therapy pool, which ranges in depth from 4½ ft. to 7 ft. Includes an exercise room and wheelchair access. 1151 East Ave., Madison 706-342-1495 Madison Community Ctr./ Parks & Recreation Dept. Located in the Municipal Park, this facility houses the Recreation Department offices, but also offers a full-size gym, meeting rooms and a kitchen. 1253 College Dr., Madison 706-342-0588 Wellington Park Located on five acres on Hwy. 83, just north of Madison, this park features outdoor basketball courts, playground equipment, picnic tables and a walking trail. Open daily during daylight hours. 490 Bostwick Hwy., Madison 706-342-0588 Round Bowl Spring Park A delightful, linear, native-species park, this space features a trail that connects Downtown Madison to the historic Madison cemeteries. An elevated spring walk provides a scenic view of the original public spring. 150 Academy St., Madison 706-342-1251 Indian Creek Park Located on Fears Road near Rutledge, this 1.5-mile walking trail is open to citizens and visitors alike. It has a shelter, several picnic areas with tables, a restroom,

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and a children’s playground. The trail is divided into two areas according to difficulty, with exercise stations at several intervals throughout the trail. For additional information, contact the Morgan County Recreation Department at 706-342-0588. Southern Cross Guest Ranch A year-round guest ranch, horse farm and bed & breakfast, this unique property is home to more than 150 quality Paint horses. Best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program and unguided riding opportunities, the ranch is a comfortable, serene setting. 1670 Bethany Church Rd., Madison 706-342-8027 Hard Labor Creek State Park A wide range of recreational opportunities are available at this 5,804-acre green space. Nestled in a wooded setting, the Park offers 49 tent, trailer and RV sites, 20 cottages, an 18-hole golf course and pro shop, two lakes and a swimming beach. The site also includes 30-stall horse accommodations and a riding ring, four picnic shelters for barbecuing, 22 miles of horseback riding trails, and 24 miles of hiking trails. 5 Hard Labor Creek Rd., Rutledge 706-557-3001,


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Playfair Municipal Park Located on Fairplay Road in Rutledge, this small but special park offers basketball, tennis and skateboarding venues. Lake Oconee Georgia’s Lake Country starts right here in Morgan County. Fishing and boating are main attractions on Georgia’s second largest lake, as well as relaxation on the docks and decks of lake homes lining its shores. Stop in at the Lake Welcome Center for more information. Blue Springs Marina Dock your boat on Lake Oconee. 1291 Blue Springs Dr., Buckhead 706-342-9442 Swords Boat Ramp Access to the Apalachee River and Lake Oconee. Blue Springs Rd., Buckhead, GA 30625 Burnt Pine Plantation “The finest in southern hunting” is provided at a plantation that encompasses 2,500 acres of private land dedicated to the sport of quail and dove hunting. The pavilion can be booked for weddings, reunions, or special events. 1161 Blackwell Rd., Newborn 706-557-0407

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BED AND BREAKFASTS/INNS The Brady Inn 250 N. Second St. Madison, GA 30650 706-342-4400 The Farmhouse Inn 1051 Meadow Ln. Madison, GA 30650 706-342-7933 www.thefarmhouseinn. com

lodging In Morgan County, choices of lodging come in many flavors. Spend the night in a modern hotel, historic or country-style B&Bs, national lodging chains, or camp out at scenic Hard Labor Creek State Park. From a stately columned mansion to a unique guest ranch, there is truly something to suit every taste and budget. Once described in the 1845 Guide to Georgia as the “Most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charlestown to New Orleans,” Madison continues to be a popular overnight destination for those who love to explore towns steeped in rich history.


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The James Madison Inn & Conference Center 260 W. Washington St. Madison, GA 30650 706-342-7040 www.jamesmadisoninn. com Southern Cross Guest Ranch 1670 Bethany Church Rd. Madison, GA 30650 706-342-8027

MOTELS Econo Lodge 1972 Eatonton Rd. Madison, GA 30650 706-342-0054 Hampton Inn 2012 Eatonton Rd. Madison, GA 30650 706-342-9003 Super 8 2091 Eatonton Rd Madison, GA 30650 706-438-1081

Quality Inn 2001 Eatonton Rd. Madison, GA 30650 706-342-1839 Holiday Inn Express 1041 Ramada Ln. Madison, GA 30650 706-342-9190

NEARBY AT LAKE OCONEE Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee 126 Cuscowilla Dr. Eatonton, GA 31024 706-485-0885 800-458-5351 The Lodge on Lake Oconee 930 Lake Oconee Pkwy. Eatonton, GA 31024 706-485-7785

CAMPING AND RV PARKS Hard Labor Creek State Park #5 Hard Labor Creek Rd. Rutledge, GA 30663 706-557-3001

LODGE Burnt Pines Plantation 1611 Blackwell Rd Newborn, GA 30056 706-557-0407

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Madison Produce Co. 132 E. Washington Street 706-342-1908

Taco Bell 2021 Eatonton Road 706-343-1220

Cracker Barrel 2003 Eatonton Road 706-343-9963

Madison Tea Room 200 W. Washington Street On Town Park 248-705-5010

The Madison Gift Mart 140 W. Washington Street 706-342-9940

Crowe’s Open Air BBQ 1320 Eatonton Road 706-342-7002 Dairy Queen 1940 Eatonton Road 706-343-1102

Morgan County has plenty of choices to tempt a hungry palate. From national chains to local cuisine, the odds are very good that we have something to satisfy even the most discriminating tastebuds. Downtown Madison has 12 restaurants that collectively offer an array of choices from savory country cooking or fast and fresh deli fare, to the ambiance of white tablecloth dining or conversation at a quaint coffee shop. Situated within walking distance of the town center, all of these choices are located within a 6-block area. The 441 corridor bisecting Madison boasts 28 restaurant and fast food providers that range from the traditional southern favorite to the traveler’s favorite sit down restaurant. Nearby Rutledge is home to four establishments, providing hungry patrons with the ever-popular meat-and-three to deli-style sandwiches and wings. In addition to these traditional dining choices, there are also specialty food shops. Those looking to satisfy a particular craving can find everything from pastries to hand-crafted candy or ice cream. If caffeine is your pleasure, the coffee shop or the tea room pastry shop provide patrons with an option to sit down and take a break during a day of shopping or touring the downtown area. Many of our restaurants also have fullservice beverage options for thirsty diners who wish to partake with their meal.

Country Pride Restaurant 2021 Eatonton Road 706-342-4176

Huddle House 1881 Eatonton Road Pilot Travel Center 706-342-3150 Dos Amigos 1650 Eatonton Road 706-438-1556

BOSTWICK Sweet Mama’s Cafe 5941 Bostwick Road 706-438-3026


127 S. Main Street 706-342-0034 Arby’s 1951 Eatonton Road 706-342-4322

Bonner’s Triple-B 1500 Bonner Lane 706-342-9610

Big Kev’s BBQ 270 W. Washington Street 706.438.3155

Bennie Paul’s 1001 Baldwin Dairy Road 706-752-1020

Burger King 1950 Eatonton Road 706-342-0065

Buckhead Grocery & Grill 1000 Seven Islands Road 706-342-0048

Captain D’s 1910 Eatonton Road 706-438-1325


Chick-fil-A 1781 Eatonton Road 706-752-0219

Adrian’s Place 325 W. Washington Street 706-342-1600

Chop House Grille 202 S. Main Street 706-342-9009

Amici Italian Cafe 113 South Main Street 706-342-0000 Antique Sweets

Clover House Market Cafe 231 Hancock Street 706-818-4497

Farmview Market & Cafe 2610 Eatonton Highway 844-210-7030 Happy China Restaurant 1143 Eatonton Road 706-342-7679 Ingles 1441 Eatonton Road 706-342-2220 Kentucky Fried Chicken 1971 Eatonton Highway 706-342-2542 Krystal 1931 Eatonton Road 706-342-1931 La Fonda Mexican Rest. 171 West Washington Street 706-343-1484 Little Phillies 1400 Eatonton Road 706-343-1181 Madison Drugstore & Grill 213 North Main Street 706-342-1722

Marco’s Pizza Madison Crossing 1694 Eatonton Road 706-342-7646 McDonald’s 1920 Eatonton Road 706-342-4120 Perk Avenue Cafe 111 W. Jefferson Street 706-342-2562 Pizza Hut 1970 Eatonton Road 706-342-2545 Popeyes Chicken 2021 Eatonton Road 706-343-1220 Ricardo’s Kouzzina 271 W. Washington Street 706-438-1185 Scoops Ice Cream Shop 123-B W. Washington Street 706-342-3002 Steak n Shake 2011 Eatonton Road 706-438-5462 Subway at Walmart 1681 Eatonton Road 706-752-1530 Tequila’s 863 N. Main Street 706-343-1519 T&A Travel Center 2021 Eatonton Road 706-342-4176

That Pizza Place 171 W. Washington Street 706-343-1114 Town 220 Bistro 220 W. Washington Street 706-752-1445 Waffle House 1941 Eatonton Highway 706-342-8128, and 2050 Eatonton Road 706-342-9955 Wendy’s 1961 Eatonton Road 706-342-0134 Zaxby’s 1930 Eatonton Road 342-9990

RUTLEDGE Caboose 102 W Main Street 706-557-9021 Georgia Grill & Cafe 159 Newborn Road 706-717-5050 Rutledge Wings Southern Style 148 Atlanta Highway Ste D 706-557-7369 Yesterday’s Cafe 120 Fairplay Street 706-557-9337

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faith& worship Many churches in Morgan County and nearby areas have withstood the test of time, lending regal beauty, grace, and strength to our communities. The historical aspects of many of these churches provide richness and depth to our spiritual communities, while the diversity and welcoming ambience draw those of all appellations and beliefs.

closer to God There are more than 30 churches and houses of worship in Morgan County, representing a wide array of denominations: AME/AME Zion, Baptist, Episcopal, Holiness, Latter-day Saints, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, and United Methodist. Non-denominational options are also available, and Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist congregations meet in Athens, about 30 miles away. Hindu congregations can be found in metro Atlanta, just over an hour’s drive from Madison. The earliest churches in the county however, were Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Episcopalian, all in place before the Civil War. History tells us that a communion service was stolen from the Presbyterian Church in Madison by Union soldiers during Sherman’s Army’s infamous March to the Sea, but Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum ordered it returned. Likewise, the residents of Morgan County also value their faith as an inherent and important element of life. As Morgan County residents, we take great pride in our reputation for acceptance, diversity and warmth. We welcome you and your family, and invite you to join in our worship and celebration of life.

and to our community

CELEBRATING HISTORY AND THE ARTS We are a non-profit, multidisciplinary performing and visual arts facility that occupies an elegantly restored 1895 Romanesque Revival Building located in the heart of Madison, Georgia’s National Register Historic District. The Center houses historic exhibits such as a c.1895 classroom, period furniture, and a museum highlighting the Piedmont region of Georgia in the 19th century. 434 S Main St., Madison, GA (706) 342-4743 •

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Madison Baptist Church Experiencing fellowship in Jesus Christ... Sharing the Good News throughout the world... Equipping believers to live a Christian life... 328 South Main St., Madison, Ga • 706-342-2177 •


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housing Whether your dream home is a majestic antebellum estate, modern condominium, charming cottage, or modest family abode, it can very likely be found right here in Morgan County in one of our welcoming communities. Our rich history combined with carefully selected development opportunities have resulted in an eclectic inventory of dwellings from which to choose.

Single family homes...multifamily or loft units...what’s your pleasure? Some enjoy the proximity to Madison’s downtown square and enjoy living near the antebellum homes in the historic district. Others covet the quiet country, surrounded by pristine farmlands scattered throughout the county. For or those who want the benefits of a neighborhood within a few minutes of the downtown square, schools and shopping, Morgan County is home to several subdivisions that meet those requirements and also offer community swimming and/or tennis. There are also

developments located within the city limits of Madison for those who want easy access to the downtown energy. In-town options are also available for those 55+ residents who prefer a quieter lifestyle. Beautiful downtown Rutledge is only 9 miles from Madison, and is not without its own charm. This small but scenic town also offers a selection of historic homes as well as residences in a new subdivision. Rutledge is also convenient to I-20 and the new Baxalta pharmaceutical facility. If lake life is your modus operandi, nearby Lake Oconee also has many residential

opportunities. Average home prices in Morgan County range from $150,000 to $400,000, with a few starter homes and executive estates on the lower and higher ends of the spectrum, respectively. Acreage is abundant and

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available for those with growing families or who simply have a love of wide open spaces. Make Morgan County your home. You can start by contactng one of our local realtors for the latest information on available housing.

Coldwell Banker Lake Country

150 West Washington Street Madison 770-616-4460

168 South Main Street Madison 706-342-1440

Breco Realty

Madison Realty

266 West Washington Street Madison 706-342-3355

121 East Jefferson Street Madison 706-454-7777

McGinnis Realty

Byer Realty

135 West Washington Street Madison 706-342-9788

141 Fairplay Street Rutledge 706-557-7760

Re/Max Lake Oconee

1070 Salem Walk Drive, Ste 4 Greensboro 706-454-7777

Team Hendrix

226 W. Washington Street Madison 706-342-7355

Southern Land Exchange

1551 Jennings Mill Road, Ste 1400A Bogart 706-549-5050

Veranda Park

225 North Main Street, Ste B Madison 706-342-3777


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at your fingertips For your convenience.... a list of contact numbers you may find to be helpful.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS Bostwick City Hall 706-343-0065 Town of Buckhead 706-342-3339 Madison City Hall 706-342-1251 Rutledge City Hall 706-557-2223 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 Residential 888-655-5888 Commerical

Central Georgia EMC 770-775-7857 or 800-222-4877 Rayle EMC 706-342-9851 Tri-County EMC 478-986-8100 or 866-254-8100 Walton EMC 770-267-2505

TELEPHONE: AT&T 888-757-6500 Residential 866-620-6000 Commercial

CABLE TV: Charter Communications 888-438-2427

LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS Department of Driver Services 866-754-3687 Vehicle Tags & Registration 706-342-0464 Voter Registration 706-342-2508

OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS Emergency 911 Bostwick City Hall 706-343-0065 Buckhead Town Hall 706-342-3339 Dept of Family & Children Services 706-343-5800


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Madison Police Department 706-342-1275 Madison-Morgan Chamber 706-438-3120

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Madison Welcome Center 706-342-4454 Morgan Co Board of Commissioners 706-342-0725 Morgan Memorial Hospital 706-342-1667 Morgan County Board of Education 706-752-4600

Ph: 706-342-2155 480 Hancock St, Madison, Ga

Rutledge City Hall 706-557-2223 Morgan County Citizen 706-342-7440 Lake Oconee News 706-485-3501 UGA Cooperative Extension Office 706-342-2214


Madison City Hall 706-342-1251

Tax Assessor’s Office 706-342-0551

Morgan County Sheriff’s Dept 706-342-1507

Tax Commissioner’s Office 706-342-0464

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at a glance Morgan County is a rural Georgia community located 60 miles east of Atlanta and 90 miles west of Augusta. It covers approximately 350 square miles of agriculturally and historically rich land.

Location Population (2010 Census) Morgan County 17,868 Madison 3,979 Rutledge 781 Bostwick 365 Buckhead 171 Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Athens, GA (30 miles). Nearest city with pop. 1 million+: Atlanta, GA (60 miles). Source: U.S. Census Bureau and Sperling’s Best Places Major Highways Interstate 20 U.S. Highway 129 U.S. Highway 278 U.S. Highway 441 Georgia State Route 12 Georgia State Route 24 Georgia State Route 83


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Adjacent Counties: Oconee County (north) Greene County (east) Putnam County (southeast) Jasper County (southwest) Newton County (west) Walton County (northwest)

Climate Morgan County’s climate is mild and warm, with spring temperatures approaching the upper 70s (°F) by May. The hottest days usually are in July and August, with maximum temperatures averaging 90.5°F. Winter highs typically fall between 53°F and 57°F while lows average in the low 30s. Rainfall during most months is about 4.5 inches, with the wettest month typically being March and the driest being October. The area sometimes gets snow, but rarely more than one inch. Source: Southeast Regional Climate Center

The Doctor Will See You Now. Craig Benson, D.O. Medical Degree: · West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Lewisburg, West Virginia Family Practice Internship: · University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville, Tennessee Affiliations: · American Osteopathic Association · American Medical Association · American Society of Addiction Medicine Service: · United States Navy Medical Corps, Medical Officer

House calls may be a thing of the past but high quality, personalized care is alive and well right here in Madison. From annual physicals and flu shots to more serious aches and pains, Dr. Craig Benson and his staff are ready to provide the care you need, when you need it. Now accepting new patients.

Office: 1075 S. Main St., Suite 100, Madison Appointments: (706) 438-1275

Great doctors matter. Morgan Memorial matters.

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