Madison County, formed in 1792, was named for the family of future president James Madison. In character and feeling, the County has changed little since the day it was created. Agriculture is still the dominant industry.
Our rolling hills and valleys produce beef, dairy products and grains. Orchards climb the steeper slopes, and forestry is a significant County business. Several vineyards - Castle Gruen, Early Mountain, DuCard, Prince Michel, and Sweely Estate - welcome visitors. The Shenandoah National Park with its Skyline Drive and Appalachian Trail bound Madison County on the west. The Blue Ridge Mountain peaks, of which the 3,268-foot-high Old Rag is the best known and most challenging, offer superb hiking and climbing to fantastic views of Virginia!
Madison County has two Civil War Trails sites, handcrafted furniture makers, E.A Clore Sons, Inc. is the most widely known, and many unique antique and craft shops. Nurseries abound for gardeners, and “That Little Quilt Shop” attracts aficionados all year long. Historians and architecture buffs find much to see in Madison’s historic downtown. Taste of the Mountains Main Street Festival, held every Labor Day weekend, is a heritage festival that celebrates the 18th & 19th century life.
Madison County businesses and food vendors set up, as well as other vendors displaying their handmade crafts. There are several bands and a lot of entertainment for children to enjoy as well. Graves’ Mountain Lodge has many festivals throughout the year hosting some of the biggest names in Blue Grass as well as their annual Apple Harvest Festival.
Whether it’s big festivals or the very relaxed atmosphere of the Music on the Lawn series hosted by the Town and Plow and Hearth, there’s always something to look forward to in Madison.
Madison County has been a crossroads of history for over 11,000 years. Paleo-Indians, the royal governor Alexander Spottswood and the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, as well as Civil War Generals Stonewall Jackson and J. E. B. Stuart along with their men have all been visitors to Madison County. Trails and early roads led through the Piedmont area of Madison and up into the Blue Ridge Mountains enabling 18th and 19th century travelers to enter the Shenandoah Valley. Early settlers included German, English and Scots/Irish families in the 18th century. Descendants of these families still live in Madison.
We are proud to invite you to this beautiful, historic and exciting region of Virginia. More information may be found at the Madison Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 540-948-4455 or the website www.madisonva.com.