Madison, a city of 2,400, got its start in 1867 when pioneers from Wisconsin settled where Union Creek and Taylor Creek flow together. The community south of Norfolk grew quickly and won the battle with Battle Creek and Norfolk to become the county seat.

The DeGroot family has been growing apples near Madison for nearly 80 years. Their 40 acres of apple trees produce 22 varieties. DeGroot Orchard’s quaint roadside produce stand along Highway 81 also sells melons, squash and pumpkins. The fresh apple cider sells fast. The seasonal business has flexible hours in the autumn. 83210 554 Ave. (402) 454-3445.

The Madison County Historical Society formed in 1928, and the current museum opened in 1998 in a building that also houses the Madison Public Library and Madison’s city offices.

A 2009 addition to the building is home to the museum’s Christmas Village. This exhibit and the museum’s model railroad are two of its most popular features. There is an extensive historical archive here, and other exhibits include firefighting equipment, communications technology and a display honoring Tilden’s Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Richie Ashburn. 210 W. Third St. (402) 992-1221.

Learn more by contacting the Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau at or (402) 371-2932.

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