This is a place with a rich and colorful history. I’m talking about one of those truly Southern Places, shaped by Native American, African and European influences. The ruins sit in a complex ecosystem alongside a major river, that once fed a good-sized little town, a successful textile industry, agriculture, the exchanges of commerce and a decidedly unique public citizenry.
Established in 1809, Madison is the seat and the largest town in Morgan County. Madison was incorporated in 1809 and named in honor of U.S. president James Madison, who negotiated a treaty with nearby Creek Indians. Many of the town’s original settlers had received land grants in the region as compensation for their service during the American Revolution (1775-83). The early town flourished as a stagecoach stop, and an in-town residence for planters’ families. Described before the War as “The most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans”, Madison has been welcoming visitors from around the world for almost two centuries.
The town of Juliette is an unincorporated town, which was first called Glover, after Dr. Glover, who built the cotton mill near the river in East Juliette. Juliette received its name from the daughter of the engineer that built the railroad in 1882. Her name was Juliette McCracken. McCracken Street is still the name of the main street today.