Madison is home to over 130 blocks of outstanding architecture, with the downtown business district being one of the country's richest National Historic Landmark Districts. Hailed as an "outdoor museum of architecture" Madison boasts eight museums, ranging from grand homes and a 19th-centurysaddletree factory to the office of a horse and buggy doctor, the crown jewel of which is the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site and its magnificent formal gardens. Hanover College, which was founded in 1827 and is the oldest private college in Indiana. The inspiring 630-acre campus boasts beautiful architecture and gardens with views over the Ohio River Valley and is also well worth a visit.
Winelovers will delight in the selection of excellent wineries to explore in the area. Madison is home to three distinct wineries, each of which has their own character and style and offers visitors a unique insight into the history of winemaking in the area. The Indiana Wine Trail is a beautiful, scenic trail of rolling hills and patchwork vineyards that featuresix artisan wineries, where visitors can tour, taste and treat themselves to unique Madison wine country experiences.
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