Madison is a town in the southeastern corner of New Haven County, Connecticut, occupying a central location on Connecticut's Long Island Sound shoreline. The population of Madison was of 18.812 at the 2000 census. Madison was first settled in 1641. Throughout the 18th century, Madison, known as East Guilford, until it was incorporated as a town in 1826. Since then, Madison and Guilford have shared many cultural and economic similarities despite an unofficial rivalry. Although it is quite small, Madison is a charming holiday destination, where you can unwind, lay back and relax.
Hammonasset State Park in Madison possesses the state's longest public beach, with campsites, picnic areas, and a fishing pier, and is extremely popular in the summer. Nearby, there is the Surf Club Beach which the town's major public beach with lifeguards and recreational facilities for baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball and horseshoes. It also features playgrounds for children and picnic tables for families, as well as sailboat and kayak racks.
Madison Center of the town is the main area for businesses and the location of the town library and Madison Green. The centre preserves its old village charm by keeping large franchises put. The centre has many boutiques and coffee shops. Although it is called the centre it is not the geographic centre of Madison, but is located on the south eastern part of the town nearer to Clinton.
Madison Green is the town green of Madison and located just west of the commercial strip of Madison. Surrounding the Green are several buildings, most prominent being the First Congregational Church, built in 1838. The other buildings around the Green include Memorial Hall, Academy Elementary School and Lee Academy. In the south-east corner are three war memorials. They include a large boulder with a bronze plaque honouring veterans who fought in World War One, a large grey cut stone with a bronze plaque remembering those who fought in World War Two, Korea and Vietnam.
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