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Many attractions to see in Madison, Indiana

By Marilyn Culler

Madison, Indiana, has history, food, arts, music and culture all in one place!

From hand-dipped truffles at Cocoa Safari Chocolates to the historic Lanier Mansion, music festivals and art, Madison is a must-visit Indiana river town.

Murals are everywhere in Madison. The rich history and welcoming beauty provide ample canvases for the town’s thriving art scene. Local artist Eric Phagan of Gallery 115 has painted several delightful off-the-beaten-path murals.

Tour the Troutman House. Ellie Troutman has been renovating this historic home. “The wood is the art,” she said on a tour of the house. Rooms feature color, texture and attention to historic detail. The top-floor ballroom has exquisite mahogany woodwork to match the home’s elegance. Walk into childhood delights just down the street at McWhiggin’s Wonder Emporium.

The Lanier Mansion

Dine at Red on Main. The casual atmosphere compliments Cajun dishes like Jambalaya Pasta -- “so good.” Enjoy chef’s specials like Sauce Piquante with monkfish, shrimp and crawfish. Don't miss Red Pepperoni pizza, The Red Roaster Coffee and Eatery, burgers at Hinkle's Sandwich Shop and burgers and tenderloins at Shipley's Tavern.

Visit the “Crown Jewel” of Madison’s history, the Lanier Mansion. The Greek Revival architecture home was completed in 1844. The views, both inside and out, are stunning nods to the J.F.D. Lanier’s success as a lawyer, banker and financier. Ohio River views from inside the home highlight the grandeur of the site.

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