One Tank Trips: Madison

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MADISON, Ga. -- Elle Duncan recently hit the road for a One Tank Trip to Madison, Ga., a city full of history with a modern touch.

Madison is located about 70 miles east of Atlanta. Upon arriving, Elle stopped at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, where director Ruth Bracewell gave her a little background on the town.

The center, which began as one of the South's first graded public schools, was built in 1895 and still holds a little touch of the past -- a restored classroom from the early 20th century.

Madison's art and history aren't the only things on display at the cultural center. Its beautiful auditorium is used as a performing arts space. It also houses the town bell, which Elle enjoyed ringing.

The town is known for its beautiful antebellum homes, but Madison-Morgan Convention & Visitors Bureau director Ellen Ianelli says there is so much more to the city.

"We are a town that is chock-full of history, culture, heritage," she said. "We have a wonderful downtown with unique shops and restaurants. There's something for everybody."

Morgan County's benchmark hotel is the James Madison Inn, located in downtown Madison. Next door is the 20,000-square foot Madison Markets, which house more than 75 antiques dealers, boutiques and restaurants.

Elle also discovered a "horse lover's paradise" -- the Southern Cross Guest Ranch, which has about 200 horses on 300 acres of land.

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