Historic Markers Across Georgia

Early Public Forum

Marker ID: MCBC 
Location: 1750 Bethany Road, Madison, GA
County: Morgan
Coordinates: N 33° 34.638    W 083° 27.230
  33.5773    -83.45383333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Early Public Forum Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Early Public Forum

Common among the counties during the settlement period, Morgan County (1807) first transacted public business at a private residence - Fields Kennedy's home. After Madison was designated as the county seat in 1808 until the construction of a formal courthouse, the Superior and Inferior courts met here at the dwelling of Abraham McAfee (sheriff/local militia captain). The Inferior court was responsible for county improvements as well as Madison's initial survey and town layout.

McAfee's home (c.1806) is a form known as an "I-house" - two stories tall and one room deep typically with a central hall. Like many of Madison's early residences, the building featured rearward expansion, multiple porch additions, and the influence of popular architectural styles over time. Because of its significance, the property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 and became the first individual historic property designated outside of the Madison Historic District (NR 1974, 1990; locally designated 1989).
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Madison Bicentennial Commission 1809 -- 2009
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Early Public Forum
Photo by David Seibert