Schroeder Saddletree Factory - 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 – 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.
History Center and Railroad Museum – The History Center and Railroad Station Museum are owned and operated by the Jefferson County Historical Society. The History Center offers visitors a permanent exhibit gallery devoted to the history of Southern Indiana and the mid-Ohio Valley. It also contains a research library and archives. The Railroad Station Museum is a historic representation of an early 20th century passenger station. It features an octagonal waiting room that is two stories tall.
Jeremiah Sullivan House – Built in 1818 and considered Madison’s first mansion, this stately federal style structure was home to one of Madison’s most distinguished leaders, Jeremiah Sullivan. e house’s interior features most of the original woodwork and whitewashed plaster, as well as a full basement, an unusual feature in Madison during the mid-1800s. Trail Interactive exhibit!
Doctor Hutchings Office & Museum – The Dr. William D. Hutchings Office and Museum is one of the most authentic 19th century medical history restorations in the U.S. Built c. 1850 and originally used as a law office, Dr. Hutchings healed and comforted the sick here from 1878 until his death in 1903. Hundreds of the Dr. Hutchings medical records, surgical tools, books and other artifacts, including early electrical healing devices, fill
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
LIMITED EDITION INCLUDED TOUR
Buffalo Trace Distillery Tour
PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION
A Kentucky Champion’s Experience
Follow the back roads of Louisville, through rolling hills flanked with black fence, champion Thoroughbred horse farms, charred oak barrels full of aging bourbon whiskey, and crimson barns filled with tobacco leaves drying in the southern breeze. On this American Queen exclusive, join us as we partake in the full Kentucky experience, stopping at beautiful Henton Farm, famous Darby Dan Farm, Woodford Inn, and Woodford Reserve Distillery!
APPROXIMATE DURATION 8.25 hours
CAPACITY 30 Guests
7:45 AM – 5:00 PM
SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE
Beautiful Kentucky scenery
THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
Horse Country: Darby Dan, The Woodford Inn, Luxurious Lunch at Holly Hill Inn, Woodford Reserve Distillery Tour with Tastings, Henton Family Farm
Bourbon Themed Voyage