The Town Square

The Town Square (HMXJ8)

Location: Madison, GA 30650 Morgan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 35.733', W 83° 28.05'

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Reserved for public use in the original 1809 town plan, the public square was also used to establish the early town limits, first drawn as a half-mile radius (1822) and then as a mile radius (1849). This method formed circular town boundaries; a common early town planning technique in Georgia.

The square has also been in continuous use as public property — County Courthouses (1st c.1810-1844; 2nd 1845-1907), City Hall (1909-1916), Town Park (1917-1930), and U.S. Post Offices (1931). A year later, the City sold the property to the federal government but negotiated its use is a part until construction commenced on the post office.

Public accessories and amenities have long adored the square. The 1856 Braswell Monument anchors the west corner. On the prominent north corner stood the town "Market" (1851-c.1885), a Victorian gazebo (c.1901), and later the city "Police Shack" (c.1950-75). The 1908 Cooke Fountain was also sited here (1925-31) when street paving began.
HM NumberHMXJ8
Year Placed2011
Placed ByCity of Madison, Madison BiCentennial Commission 1809-2009
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 4:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 271029 N 3720041
Decimal Degrees33.59555000, -83.46750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 35.733', W 83° 28.05'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 35' 43.98" N, 83° 28' 3.00" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 290 Hancock St, Madison GA 30650, US
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