Madison,CT was first settled in 1641. Throughout the 18th century, Madison was known as East Guilford until it was incorporated as a town in 1826. The present name is after James Madison, 4th President of the United States.
Today, in addition to its outstanding beaches, the town also offers woodlands and residential neighborhoods. Its charming, pedestrian-friendly downtown appeals to many tastes and interests, offering an award-winning bookstore, art cinema, tea emporium, coffee shops, cafes and restaurants, clothing and gift boutiques. The E.C. Scranton Memorial Library and a large town green anchor the downtown. Visitors have a choice of a waterfront luxury hotel or several bed and breakfast establishments within walking distance of downtown and beaches. Madison is a combination of small-town charm and urban sophistication to create a compelling community in which to live or visit.
Places to Visit:
- Deacon John Graves House
- Hammonassett Beach State Park
- R.J. Julia Booksellers
- Lee's Academy
- Allis-Bushnell House and Museum
Madison, CT has a humid continental climate with mild to warm summers and cold winters. Average daily summer temperatures range from the upper 60s to mid 70s Fahrenheit, while winter lows dip into the teens and twenties Fahrenheit. Precipitation is fairly evenly spread out between all seasons, although there can be occasional snowstorms in late winter or early spring. The area also experiences oceanic influences due to its proximity to Long Island Sound, leading to more moderate temperatures compared to areas further inland.
Major roads in Madison include I-95, US 1, and state highway Routes 79 and 80.
Madison train station is served by the Shore Line East commuter railroad, with service to New Haven's Union Station to the west and the Old Saybrook train station to the east, facilitating connections to the MTA's Metro-North Railroad and to Amtrak's Northeast Regional and Acela Express services.
9 Town Transit routes 641 and 645 provide public bus service between Madison Center and Old Saybrook and Middletown, respectively, along U.S. Route 1. From June 20, 2021, to September 6, 2021, 9 Town Transit also operated the Madison Shuttle, providing service between Madison Park and Ride and Hammonasset Beach. CT Transit's route 201 bus connects Madison Center to New Haven