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Life in Madison, with a population of more than 2.500 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 towards 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, massage practice, and hypnosis center.
Madison Board of Selectmen
Melissa Shackford Arias, Town Administrator
PO Box 248
Madison, NH 03849