Madison County is a center of the aerospace industry, notably the Marshall Space Flight Center, a division of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Command, both crucial aspects of the nation’s defense and space-exploration efforts.
Mississippi Territory governor Robert Williams created Madison County by executive order on December 13, 1808. The county was named for Pres. James Madison, who was then serving as secretary of state under Pres. Thomas Jefferson. The area that now comprises Madison County was held by Chickasaws and Cherokees Indians prior to land cessions to the U.S. government and subsequent American settlement.
Today, Madison is one of the fastest growing cities in the southeastern United States, with one of the highest per capita incomes and a school system that is recognized for scholastic excellence at the local, state, and national level.
The Mayor and the City Council continue to invest in economic development, public facilities, and infrastructure.
Madison has been listed as a US News & World Report “Top 10 Places to Grow Up”, a CNN Money “Top 100 Best Places to Live”, one of Family Circle’s “10 Best Towns for Family”, and was recognized as Google’s “2013 Digital Capital of Alabama”.
Devil’s Racetrack runs 1.6 miles from the Land Trust Parking on Spragins Hollow Road to a large group of limestone boulders known as the Devil’s Racetrack. This natural open area offers a great view of the hills north of Huntsville.
From start to finish, the trail ascends only 200 feet with the most aggressive climb from 0.6 to 1.10 miles on the trail. This is where you reach the Devil’s Racetrack, a short loop that runs around large grouping of limestone rocks. The loop is just less than 0.5 miles long and puts you back to the trail.
Alabama Civil War Timeline
May 17, 1864
Colonel Patterson Drives Union Troops Drive Union Troops From Madison, Alabama
The City of Madison, Alabama was the site of a battle in the American Civil War on May
17, 1864, when Col. Josiah Patterson’s 5th Alabama Cavalry, supported by Col. James H. Stuart’s cavalry battalion and a section of horse artillery, drove Col. Adam G. Gorgas’s troops from the city. Patterson’s men captured the 13th Illinois Regiment’s wagon train, taking 66 prisoners.
Wade Mountain Nature Preserve is currently 843 acres with eight miles of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Wade Mountain is currently the only Land Trust Preserve which allows equestrian trail riding.
Folklore claims the Cherokee Indians raced horses atop the mountain.
Affair At Madison Station
May 17, 1864
The largest engagement of the Civil War in Madison County Alabama was fought during a driving rainstorm in Madison, Alabama at the site of the railroad depot. Under the command of Col. Josiah Patterson, the Confederate forces (~1000 cavalry and a battery of artillery) crossed the Tennessee River near Triana and attacked a garrison of ~350 men of the 13th Illinois Infantry. Union forces fell back along the railroad toward Huntsville to Indian Creek. They counterattacked after being reinforced by infantry from Huntsville.
Shelta Cave is a 2,500 feet (760 m) long underground cave and lake located in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. It is described as one of the most biodiverse caves within the Appalachian Mountains. The cave is currently owned and managed as a nature preserve by the National Speleological Society. The cave is open to members of the NSS during certain times of the year to minimize the impact on the biota. There are now three sinkhole entrances.
Straight To Ale Brewery
3200 Leeman Ferry Road
Huntsville AL 35801
FREE brewery tours are given on Saturdays at 2PM. Come out and see how we make the beer first hand. Your friendly tour guides Henry and Rich will give you a guided tour of the brewery, followed by some beer samples in our tasting room. Tour groups are limited to 30 people, if we have more than that we will run a second tour after the first. You must be 21 or over.
Seminole Strut started as a bunch of friends getting together and jamming in late 2012. These six Huntsville, AL natives had been in various bands growing up, but had never played together as a group prior to the formation of the band. Influenced by a variety of different music styles, they meshed together to forge a unique sound with a modern touch on raw rock and soul music. Backgrounds varying from classic sounds, such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Band, the Beatles, and the Allman Brothers Band, to the stylings of funk, jazz, blues, folk and heavy rhythms.