Our Story

The stories of the South are as timeless as its  mountains and rivers, flowing through history and living on through the people who welcome visitors with authentic hospitality. Here at the James Madison Inn, we delight in ensuring every guest leaves eager to return time and again to our special city.

Welcome to Madison, Georgia

Nestled in the state's northern Piedmont region, Madison became a city in 1809 and is perennially awarded by travel, lifestyle and design publications as one of the South's most beautiful places. Local lore tells that when Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman led his “March to the Sea” after the Civil War, an agreement with Georgia Sen. Joshua Hill, a former mayor of Madison, spared the town's many elegant 19th century homes from destruction. More than 45 of these landmark structures are now on the National Register of Historic Places and have been lovingly restored to highlight their varied architectural styles, from Greek Revival to Victorian.

Small Town Treasures

Madison is the ideal starting point for endless activities and excursions to fulfill your sense of adventure or provide a restful retreat. Hike in a nearby state park or play a round of golf at one of the many world-class Lake Oconee-area courses. Treat yourself to a soothing spa day followed by a leisurely dinner at one of our chef-owned restaurants. Museums, vintage shops, quaint cafes – you'll find everything you need for an effortless getaway.

Destined to be Extraordinary

With so much to see and do, Madison is the ideal choice for a Southern destination wedding or corporate event. The James Madison Inn provides both luxurious guest accommodations and multiple unique event venues and outdoor spaces that can be personalized for every size and style of occasion.