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As the sun twinkles over the rippling waters of Silver Lake, the town of Madison awaits a new day full of joy and adventure. Encompassing the village of Silver Lake, named after the 2.6 mile long lake the town takes pride in, Madison is home to roughly 2,500 people (per 2015 census). Originally part of a land deal granted to soldiers surviving the Seven Year War against France by Governor Benning Wentworth, the town’s name was dubbed as tribute to president James Madison under its incorporation in 1856.
In Madison, memories are ready to be made. Located with central access to Silver Lake, the townspeople are accustomed to a lifestyle of sandy beaches, summer memories boating and canoeing (although an autumn day on the lake is sure to make your Instagram followers envious as well) and so much more. With access to public beaches, as well as a boat launch, summer fun is just a stone’s throw away. If you’re vacationing, a highly praised, family friendly resort makes Madison an affordable, and timeless destination. The Madison Boulder is a local natural wonder, located in the heart of the town. This giant granite rock is 83 feet in length, and up to 23 feet in height. This display of nature’s unparalleled architecture can be found by visiting the Madison Boulder State Park. You can also take advantage of a multitude of walking paths and hiking trails, including the Silver Lake Railroad Tracks. These historic train tracks operated from 1872 to 1961, and are now a local gem for nature walks and winter recreation . Other all seasons hikes include the Pine Barrens, the Cascades Trail (located near the Madison Historical Society, a local historical outlet dedicated to preserving the town’s rich history.) and a network of snowmobiling trails. In Madison, you’re surrounded by pristine waters and crackling campfires, all the elements needed to paint an outstandingly vivid summer memories, which will be cherished for years to come. Madison is also home to a cozy ski resort, where generations of local children have grown up learning to ski and snowboard.
The town is home to a Christmas Fair, and an Old Home Week, organized through the collective efforts of the community. Attend the Madison Church’s annual Donation and Cake Auction, a 150 year old tradition to benefit their congregation, and you’ll see what we mean. It’s a labor of love, and a testament to the sense of pride and gratitude the town of Madison feels.
For more information, visit www.madison-nh.org
Madison Board of Selectmen
Melissa Shackford Arias, Town Administrator
PO Box 248
Madison, NH 03849