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Madison is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, in the United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the population was 16,530 and a total area of 4.2 square miles, all of it land.. It also is known as "The Rose City".
Newcomers to the Madison area will find a lively college-town atmosphere where attractive homes line tranquil tree-lined streets. The architectural charm of a quaint town center with a shopping district, a dramatic Gothic train station, and a town hall with a marble portico are just some of the many asthetic benefits of the area. Beautiful Victorian houses and stately mansions include the area known as “Millionaire’s Row.”
Recreational amenities include a conservation area in Florham Park, lush local parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, league sports, tennis courts, swimming pools, a skating rink, YMCA facilities, and a golf course.
The Madison Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district consist of three elementary schools — Central Avenue School (grades K-5), Kings Road School (grades K-5) and Torey J. Sabatini School (grades K-5) — Madison Junior School (grades 6,7,and 8) and Madison High School (grades 9-12).
Students from Harding Township, New Jersey attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Harding Township School District.
Saint Vincent Martyr School (SVMS) is a Catholic parochial school that serves students in grades PK-3 through seven, operated under the auspices of the Saint Vincent parish. SVMS is a recipient of the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon award for 2005-2006.
Madison is home to two colleges--
- Drew University, in 1867, Drew University was founded and continues to operate in Madison, on a 166 acre wooded campus near downtown that previously was a private residence.
- Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, where a portion the campus is located in Madison on the former Twombly estate.
— and a neighbor to a third--
- College of St Elizabeth, on Convent Road in nearby Morristown, NJ.
Seton Hall College was established in Madison in 1856. The campus was relocated to its current location in South Orange, New Jersey in the late nineteenth century.
New Jersey Transit's Madison station provides direct commuter service on the Morristown Line, with trains heading to Hoboken Terminal, and to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan via the Kearny Connection.
Madison's downtown is a thriving and compact central business district. It is supported by the Madison Downtown Development Commission and a downtown manager. Many historical buildings remain in the community.
The Madison Civic Commercial Historic District, which includes much of "downtown" as well as the borough hall and the train station, is listed on the State Register of Historic Places.
The borough hall and the train station were donated to the community by Geraldine R. Dodge and Marcellus Hartley Dodge, Sr. as a memorial to their son who died in an automobile crash shortly after his graduation from Princeton University.
Businesses include the corporate headquarters of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company (now ACE Private Risk Services), Maersk Lines, and Quest Diagnostics. Development regulations for the former estate require that 85% of the land be maintained as open space with almost all vehicle parking being required to be built underground.
Points of interest include--
- Florence and Robert Zuck Arboretum
- Museum of Early Trades-Crafts, 9 Main Street, Madison
- The F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater on the Drew campus is host to the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey.
- Madison Farmers Market - On summer and fall Thursday afternoons 2pm-7pm - Downtown Madison (Rt. 124/Main St.) at Waverly Place until the end of Sept., then it moves to the Staples Plaza location (300 Main St.) in October.
- Giralda Farms - A planned office development, occupies 175 acres of the former Geraldine R. Dodge estate in Madison (she and her husband had separate estates).
- Hartley Dodge Memorial - Donated by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, houses Madison's local government seat and faces a railroad station she also donated to the community.
Some restaurants include--
- II Mondo Vecchio (Italian Northern), 72 Main St # 1, Madison
- Shanghai Jazz Restaurant & Bar (Chinese), 24 Main Street, Madison
- Resto (French), 77 Main Street, Madison
- Garlic Rose (Eclectic / Int'l ), 41 Main Street, Madison
- Soho 33 (Eclectic / Int'l ), 33 Main Street, Madison
- Nicky's Firehouse (American Traditional, Pizza), 15 Central Ave., Madison
- Rob's Bistro (Country French), 75 Main Street, Madison
- L'Allegria (Italian), 11 Prospect Street, Madison
- Broccolini's Restaurant (Italian), 91 Park Avenue, Madison
- 54 Main Bar & Grille (American), 54 Main Street, Madison
- David Rumba Cafe (Mexican), 6 Elmer Street, Madison
- Chef Loryns (Eclectic / Int'l ), 250 Main Street, Madison, NJ
- Amici's (Italian), 90 Park Ave # B, Madison, NJ
- Nautilus Diner (American Traditional Diner), 97 Main Street, Madison
The well-preserved downtown Madison and university areas makes it an attractive location for film and television scenes, some examples include--
- Episodes of the television series, The Sopranos, were filmed in Madison. A scene was filmed on the Drew University campus. Another scene was filmed at Rod's Steak House, just west of the borough limits in Convent.
- Portions of A Beautiful Mind were filmed at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
- The Madison train station played the role of Cranford, New Jersey in the 2005 film, Guess Who starring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher. The train station, the Hartley-Dodge Memorial building, and the center of Madison, serve as backdrops to this movie. An entire panorama of the town is shown during the final credits.
- Hartley Dodge Memorial (Borough Hall) appears in a scene of The World According to Garp starring Glenn Close and Robin Williams.
- Scenes from Rich and Famous (1981), George Cukor's final film, were shot on Lincoln Place, and show the Madison Theatre and the train station as backdrops.
- Scenes from The Family Stone (2005) were shot downtown at the intersection of Main Street and Waverly Place and Drew University. Despite the fact that the fictional town is supposed to be in New England, one may see a train, clearly marked New Jersey Transit, crossing through Waverly Place in one of the scenes.
- Robert Ludlum's novel The Bourne Identity mentions "a private airfield in Madison, New Jersey". The 2002 film version does not include this reference.
- An episode of Friday Night Lights was filmed in parts of Madison.
List of National Historic Landmarks include--
- Bottle Hill Historic District, James Park, 1-105 Ridgedale ave., Madison
- Gibbons Mansion, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
- Madison Civic Commercial District, Roughly Main St., Waverly Pl., Lincoln Pl., Prospect St., Kings Rd., Green Ave., Wilmer St., and Green Village Rd., Madison
- Madison Masonic Lodge, 170 Main St., Madison
- Madison Public Library and the James Building (METC Madison Library),, Main St. and Green Village Rd., Madison
- Madison Station, Kings Rd., Madison (1916 stone Gothic Revival building)
- Methodist Episcopal Church, 24 Madison Ave., Madison
- Sayre House, 31 Ridgedale Ave., Madison
Historically, Amerinds occupied the areas that would become New Jersey and Madison following the retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier for many thousands of years. Settlements of the Lenape Indians were agriculturally-based following matrilineal lines. Trade with these native peoples for food and furs was conducted by the Dutch during the period of colonization of New Netherlands. Although the European principle of land ownership was not recognized by the Lenape, Dutch West India Company policy required their colonists to purchase land that they settled.
During the British colonial period, the earliest settlers of European descent arrived in this portion of the colony of New Jersey. About 1715 the village of Bottle Hill was established at the crossing of Ridgedale Avenue and Kings Road. The Luke Miller house at 105 Ridgedale Avenue is thought to be the oldest remaining home, having been built around 1730.
Morris County, created in 1739, was divided into three townships. A meeting house for the Presbyterian Church of South Hanover, as Madison was called at that time, was started in 1747.
During the reorganization of Morris County in 1806, Chatham Township was formed as the governmental entity to include three existing prerevolutionary villages (the current towns of Chatham, Florham Park, and Madison) as well as all of the lands still governed by the current Chatham Township.
In 1834, the name of the village was changed to Madison. In 1889, the village seceded from Chatham Township and adopted the newly created, borough form of government, in order to develop a local water supply system for its population of 3,250. Madison annexed additional portions of Chatham Township in 1891, and again each year from 1894–1898, which was followed by an exchange of certain lands in 1899 with Chatham Township.
Madison's growth accelerated after the Civil War, and a railroad provided good transportation for farm produce grown at Madison. Later, the railroad made possible the establishment of a flourishing rose growing industry, still commemorated in Madison's nickname, The Rose City.
The rail service connected the commerce to the markets of Manhattan. The Morris and Essex Lines became one of America's first commuter railroads, attracting well-to-do families from Manhattan (many of whom already owned large parcels land in the area for farming, hunting, and recreation) and contributing to the development of "Millionaire's Row," which stretched from downtown Madison to downtown Morristown.
The historic railroad station was donated to the community by the Dodges. The tracks were elevated through the downtown and no established roadways were hindered by crossing delays.
The rose industry and the large estates in the area attracted working class people of all kinds. As a result, Madison developed a diverse population very early, both in terms of socio-economic status and ethnic background. The original settlers were of British stock; French settlers came after the American Revolution; African Americans have been members of the community from early in the nineteenth century; Irish came in the mid-nineteenth century; and then Germans and Italians arrived around the turn of the twentieth century. To this day there is a substantial population of Italian descent in Madison. Today Madison also remains a diverse community, with many of the more recent newcomers arriving from Central America, South America, and Asia.
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