Madison, Connecticut

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Madison is a town in the southeastern corner of New Haven County, Connecticut, and it occupies a central location on the Connecticut Shoreline area. The population was 18,812 at the 2000 census.

Madison was first settled in 1641. Throughout the 18th century, Madison was 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 high school rivalry.

Bill Clinton mentions the town in his autobiography, My Life.

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 causing traffic jams on I-95 on peak days. Also located in the town is Surf Club Beach, with lifeguards and recreation fields, as well as the Madison Beach Club, a private country club.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.8 square miles (95.3 km²) of which, 36.2 square miles (93.8 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (1.58%) is water.

Principal communities

  • East River
  • Hammonasset Point
  • Madison Center
  • North Madison
  • Rockland

Madison Center

Madison's center of town is the main area for businesses and the location of the town library and Madison Green. The center preserves its old village charm by keeping large franchises out. The center has many boutiques and coffee shops. Although it is called "the center" it is not the actual geographic center of Madison, but is actually located on the south eastern part of town nearer to Clinton.

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