Downtown Madison Walking Tour to Tell the Story of the City – The Madison Record

MADISON — Two free guided tours of downtown Madison will introduce newcomers and remind longtime residents of the interesting community background.

What better way to enjoy a spring morning than taking a leisurely stroll while listening to and learning about the people and places of downtown Madison? The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau promotes free walking tours to show the scenic views of Madison and Huntsville.

In Madison, walking tours are scheduled for April 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Walkers should gather at the Madison Gazebo on Front Street.

Madison native and city historian Cindi Sanderson will guide the April 16 tour. Former Madison City Councilman Gerald Clark will host April 23.

During the walk, participants will hear stories about the history of the area and the architectural styles of period homes. Some homes in downtown Madison qualify as antebellum, while others were built as turn-of-the-century residences for Madison’s merchants and business leaders.

Local experts will lead the tours and focus on historic areas of both cities. Tours are popular for visitors and locals. Tickets or reservations are not necessary. Participants need only arrive for the 10 a.m. departure time and bring a thirst for historical knowledge.

Leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome. Comfortable shoes are a good idea, along with water, sunscreen, and maybe a light snack. Restrooms will not be available during tours.

In the event of inclement weather or heavy rain, the convention bureau will announce cancellations via social media prior to the tour time. The office will not schedule rain dates.

In Huntsville, tour dates are April 2 and 9 for historic Twickenham. The tour group will depart at 10 a.m. from Alabama Constitution Hall Park, 109 Gates Ave. Tour guides will be Katie Stamps on April 2 and Van Brown on April 9.

For more information, call the Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center at 256-551-2370 or toll-free at 800-SPACE-4-U or visit

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