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Madison, NH

Life in Madison with a population of more than 2,000 people, is a charming and dynamic town that offers a touch of history with its many outdoor attractions.

While Silver Lake, located at the town’s heart, provides many opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming, many find that Madison Boulder catches them off guard. This large glacial erratic left behind from a melting glacier can be found off Route 113 heading north to Conway and is much larger than many can imagine at 37 feet long and 4,660 tons.

In its early years, farming and lumbering were the town’s main enterprises, and lumbering continues to be a major industry. In 1826, the Madison Lead Mine, on site of Goodwin Town Forest, was discovered, and for many years yielded zinc, lead, silver, and iron ore.

“Madison Corner,” as it was once known, prospered because it was on a major stagecoach route connecting Boston and other seacoast towns with the White Mountains. Then, in 1875, a railroad was completed along the shores of Silver Lake, and many new businesses opened in that area to accommodate the growing tourist trade. Tourism is still a prominent part of Madison’s economy with a resort, ski area, several inns and bed and breakfasts.

As with many towns in the area with a lake, Madison has a history of well-known people who summered in the area. One such person was E.E. Cummings, a poet famous for independence of style in his writing. Madison’s Old Home Week is the first full week in August, and brings many former citizens back home for a weeklong celebration of small town life. When in town, stop by the blacksmith’s shop or the new train museum by the post office, or take a swim in one of Madison’s many lakes. Visit www.madison-nh.org for complete schedule.

Madison Board of Selectmen
Melissa Shackford Arias, Town Administrator
PO Box 248
Madison, NH 03849
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2 0 0 9 V DOE : $ 1 8 . 8 6

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Police Department .......................367-8334
Fire Department ......................... 367-4602
Town Clerk .................................. 367-4332
Selectmen .................................... 367-4332
Transfer Station ...........................367-8323
Elementary School ..................... 367-4642
Middle School ..............................447-6364
High School .................................356-4343
Library ..........................................367-8545
Code Enforcement Officer ......... 367-4332
Website ..................... www.madison-nh.org













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