About Madison County, Texas

Home to nearly 14,000 residents, beautiful Madison County, nestled in the prairie land of central East Texas. The historically rural and agricultural county is located about one-hundred miles northwest of Houston. In the center of Madison County, Madisonville, the county seat and largest town is home to the Texas Mushroom festival and the scenic Texas Brazos Trail. Other communities in Madison County include Midway, North Zulch, and Normangee.

Considering relocation to Madison County? Madison is a wonderful place to call home! For more information about Madison County, Contact Saundra McCulloch.

Madison County History

Long before European settlers arrived within Madison County, the agricultural center of East Texas was occupied by two Native American groups, the Caddoes and the Atakapans. Settlement of the area that would become Madison County began in 1542. The earliest settlers within the area were Spanish explorers who traveled along what would become the La Bahía Road.

In 1774, the first Spanish settlement was established in Madison County on the banks of the Trinity River. Over the next several decades, numerous other early settlement cropped up in what would become Madison County, but out of all the early settlements only three thrived: Midway, North Zulch, and Madisonville.

In 1854, nearly a century after the formation of the area's first settlement, Madison County was officially formed from the counties of Grimes, Walker, and Leon. During its infancy, Madison County was reported to be a wild region. Within the county's first 20 years, Madison lost three courthouses to fire.

In 1903, the International-Great Northern Railway Company extended a branch line to Madisonville and the population of the county slowly grew in turn. Today, Madison County is a thriving and vibrant family friendly region filled with beautiful acreage, charming small towns, and a friendly hospitable population.

Life In Madison County

Nestled snugly between Houston and Dallas, Madison County is the quiet heart of central East Texas. The rural county anchors a larger area that is home to more than 16 million people and includes the cities of Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas/ Ft. Worth.

Madison County is a fantastic place to settle down, raise a family, and enjoy the better things in life. Whether taking in the beautiful views of Lake Madison, dining at the historic and charming Woodbine Hotel, or enjoying a round golf at the Oak Ridge Country Club, residents of Madison County are able to take benefit from the county's beautiful scenery and friendly small-town feel.

Madison County is a great place to raise a family. The small town values and fantastic schools are able to offer families access to an exceptional quality of life. Children in Madison County benefit from living in a rural area, with small-town values, and access to the latest in technology.

Parks And Natural Areas

Residents of Madison County live in an area with abundant natural beauty. With access to more than 473 square miles of oak savannah, Blackland Prairies, and piney Woods, residents enjoy hobbies such as hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, and biking. The natural beauty of the scenic county is conducive to a laid-back outdoor lifestyle and many of the area's most popular activities revolve around the region's splendid scenic acreage.

Madison County is home to several notable recreational areas including the picturesque Lake Madison Park. The park was first conceptualized in June of 1969 and totaled more than 246 acres of land including the 75 acre Lake Madison. Today, the lake park is home to a variety of popular recreational facilities including a tennis court, multiple sports fields, concession stands,a fishing pier. The well-stocked fishing lake, playground, and sports fields housed within the park are popular recreational areas within Madison County.

Annual Events

Madison County is home to a number of exciting annual events.

The Madison County Fair - One of the most popular Madison County events, the fair takes place every year in March. A week-long event, the fair features games, livestock competitions, family friendly entertainment, food, and much more.

Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemen's Association - The association sponsors several annual events including the MSCA Steak Dinner and a two-day rodeo.

The Texas Mushroom Festival - Every fall the festival in downtown Madisonville features arts, crafts, food, contests, dinners, auctions, and much more.

Contact a Madison County real estate professional

Contact Saundra McCullochfor more relocation information or more info about Madison County homes for sale. Sandra would be happy to furnish home buyers in Madison County with information about the local real estate market, schools, and homes that are currently for sale in the area.

Saundra Lyons McCulloch
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