Monday, October 11, 2010

Back in time to Madison, IN

My husband and I spent some time in the river town of Madison, IN this weekend. Madison, on the Ohio River, about halfway between Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH, was a bustling town when paddle steamboats were king. When steamboats faded away and the railroad took over, Madison lost prominence. This was a blessing, however, because most of the historical character of the riverfront town was preserved. In the past 20-30 years, Madison has found new life as a tourist destination. The city is beautiful, wineries and tasting rooms abound, many quaint shops, restaurants, and antique stores are within easy walking distance of each other, and Clifty Falls State Park, home to two beautiful waterfalls, is just outside the town limits. And of course, the town is filled with historic architecture and remnants of the world of steam power. The town has something like 200+ blocks on the National Register of Historic places, more than any other town in America. The Belle of Louisville still offers steamboat rides on the Ohio:

We stayed in a lovely B&B called the Schenck Mansion, about 25 minutes away in Vevay, IN (pronounced vee-vee). The Schenck Mansion was built in the 1870s and has its own fascinating history. Built by a steamboat captain who unfortunately died before the mansion could be completed, it has never been finished on the inside until  now. Did I mention it's supposedly haunted? We didn't run into any ghosts during our stay, however:


Judi said...

Hi Linda - I live about 1 1/2 hours from Madison, have spent quite a bit of town in that lovely town (I live in Bloomington). Thanks for sharing your visit - lynn romaine (

Liz Flaherty said...

I live almost four hours north (the cornfields of Miami County) but my in-laws live down-river in Rising Sun, so Madison's one of our favorite places. It was nice to visit there through you.

Caroline Clemmons said...

My husband and I rode a paddlewheeler on the Mississippi from New Orleans a ways and back. I love those old river towns. We love visiting Jefferson, TX which was very important in the 19th century.

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