Schroeder Saddletree Factory - Madison’s antique powered machinery and 19th century saddletree factory stands suspended in time. For 94 years workers crafted tens of thousands of wooden frames for saddle makers throughout the United States.The Schroeder Saddletree Factory was the nation’s longest lasting continually operated and family owned saddletree company.Recognized by historians as one of America’s premier industrial heritage sites, this factory has been expertly restored and beautifully showcases this vintage workplace. This factory is America’s very last 19th century saddletree factory. For 94 years workers at the Ben Schroeder Saddletree Company crafted tens of thousands of wooden frames for saddle makers throughout the United States and Latin America. It was the nation’s longest lasting, continually operated, family owned saddletree company. After his death, Ben’s family kept his dream alive by adding stirrups, hames for horse collars, clothespins, lawn furniture and even work gloves to their line of saddletrees. The factory closed in 1972 and was left completely intact.
Broadway Fountain -Visit this beautiful and unique fountain in the heart of Madison. The Broadway Fountain is one of only four remaining ornate fountains in the world. Offered to the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition by the Republic of France, the bronze fountain is reminiscent of a time past by. One of Madison’s landmarks, the original Broadway Fountain stood in the middle of Broadway for almost 100 years before it was dismantled and replaced with the 1981 bronze copy or reproduction. The original Janes, Kirtland, and Company cast iron fountain was displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The only part of the original fountain that is still present in Fountain Park is a stone plinth that supported one of the original triton figures; it is set into the concrete at the south end of the central path as a base for a tablet that commemorates the replacement fountain.
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site - This Greek Revival style abode was built in 1844 and is often referred to as the “Crown Jewel of Madison’s Historic District.Tour this home adorned with historic architectural features and catch a breathtaking glimpse at the of Ohio River from the south portico beneath the colossal Corinthian columns. (only first floor is ADA, but guests have access to all 3 floors) Lanier Mansion is one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country and is considered to be the "Crown Jewel" of Madison’s Historic District. Designed by architect Francis Costigan, the mansion exhibits many original Greek Revival features including its square plan, the full façade porch on the south elevation, the Corinthian columns on the south portico, the Doric pilasters that appear on several locations on the exterior, the massive exterior entablature and dentilated cornice, the ornamental anthemia, the ornamental pediments over the windows and doors, and the Ionic columns that separate the double parlors on the first floor.
Madison Comfort Station – Centrally located to Madison’s shops and restaurants and includes access to restrooms, refreshments, and benches!
Thomas Family Winery - Enjoy a taste of handcrafted, traditional wines and old-world ciders made on site. This family-run winery pays special attention to the time-honored craftsmanship that is necessary to develop their timeless wines and products. Located in an 1850s stable and carriage house The Thomas Family Winery welcomes visitors and friends alike to gather at the winery for relaxation and refreshment. Stop in and sample some of the family’s finest wines as you listen to how they have kept the business in their family.
Madison Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
This quaint, river town is sure to win the heart of guests. Madison's culture and heritage is weaved into nearly every stop, ensuring each guest will get a glimpse of the beauty and history of antique machinery at the Schroeder Saddletree Factory, or a taste of the hospitality and craftsmanship found at the Thomas Family Winery where each guest is invited to try a sample of the handcrafted wine.
Dedicated to the craft of producing high-quality bourbon, Buffalo Trace Distillery has earned its place of leadership among the legendary spirits makers of the world. Enjoy a guided tour of the distillery at Blanton’s Bottling Hall and samplings in the tasting room! Today, enjoy a guided experience through the distillery as you uncover the rich history of this Kentucky bourbon staple. Indulge in samplings of their fine bourbon as you explore the stunning facility!
Timing: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM & 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Duration: 4.5 Hours
Activity Level: 2