About as far north as you can go in Florida, Madison exudes Southern hospitality. A walking tour of Madison reveals antebellum architecture and a mansion used as a Civil War hospital. In the heart of Madisons historic district is the Four Freedoms Park, which features a memorial that was dedicated on the anniversary of Floridas endorsement of President Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation. Located just north of I-10 about midway between Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Madison is surrounded by farms that grow peanuts, corn, & cotton, as well as other crops. Just outside of town, trails and rivers appeal to cyclists, paddlers and divers.The City of Madison has been designated as one of the "Best Little Towns in Florida" by VISIT FLORIDA, and serves as the county seat for county government. For over 50 years, the city has served as home for North Florida Community College and as an out-campus for St. Leo University. Downtown Madison is filled with quaint gift shops, antique stores, and various eateries. All of the downtown area is overflowing with classic 150 to nearly 200 year old homes and buildings.