This Blue Ridge gem in Western North Carolina — just 20 minutes from Asheville — is home to over 55,000 acres of National Forest providing a majestic backdrop to the world’s third oldest river—our mighty French Broad.  Our timeless tradition of musical history which is known worldwide will accompany you as you share the majesty of nature and the rural abundance of our small town heritage. Plan to visit us–one of the nineteen Madison Counties in the United States. We offer outdoor sports for all enthusiasts whether a rafting trip suits your fancy, a cycling adventure along our country roads or a good horseback ride. Better yet—experience our natural hot springs, one of only two east of the Mississippi. Come and you’ll see.  Life in Madison County is the way life should beeasy living with a song in the air.

Madison County on the Blue Ridge Music Trails

Blue Ridge Music Trail book coverBlue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the North Carolina Arts Council has reissued The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina book. The trails are designed to promote the rich traditional music heritage of western North Carolina. Marshall in Madison County (one of twenty-nine counties on the trails) is the geographic epicenter of the Trails. Two of the stops on the trails in Marshall are Zuma Coffee where there is a free bluegrass jam every Thursday evening and The Depot where traditional musicians play every Friday night. Find  other places and events in Madison County that are featured in the Trails.

Upcoming Events in Madison County, NC

Or just enjoy the beauty of the outdoors…………
View of the Hot Springs NC valley

100 Ways to “Play with Us”

View of the French Broad River from the town of Hot SpringsFor the tfourth year, the May “Make Madison Memories” insert of the News Record and Sentinel, includes a list of 100 ways to spend your time in Madison County. Located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina with the scenic French Broad River running through it, Madison County offers countless ways to enjoy the experience of visiting our area. Whether your interest is in the outdoors, visual or performing arts, traditional music, history, architecture, or agri-tourism, we have something that will make your visit a memorable one. Browse through the website or stop in at The Madison County Visitor Center when you come to visit our area.

A World Made Straight was Filmed Here

A World Made Straight filming Noah WyleThe novel by Ron Rash includes ties back to the Shelton Laurel Massacre during the Civil War was filmed in Madison County. The massacre is the classic brother v brother story which takes place and continues to influence families even into the twenty-first century. So, it was only natural that the independent movie should be filmed in our county. The movie will star Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle and Jeremy Irvine. Residents were treated to star sightings and welcomed the crew and cast in warm Madison County fashion. Look for the release soon.

Our Story–This Place Exhibit

Anderson Rosenwald Schools

The new exhibition at the Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University will be “Our Story–This Place, The History of African American Education in Madison County, North Carolina: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School.” The exhibit will run through February 28, 2015. The exhibit will focus on the day to day learning experience of the students who attended this school. The Anderson Rosenwald School played an important role in African American heritage and history in Madison County and western North Carolina for a good part of the 20th century. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

“She-Made” Art Exhibit — Through December 4

She Made Exhibit
This exhibit of works by women has an opening reception on October 17 from 6 to 8pm at the Arts Center, 90 S. Main Street in downtown Marshall. A group show continues through December 4 and features both art and dance performances. Media includes fabric, pottery, jewelry, painting and sculpture Contact the Arts Center for information at 828 649-1301.

Holiday Market Saturday, December 13

MCAC Holiday Sale

Three floors of the Arts Center will be packed with articles created by talented artisans–painting, pottery, jewelry, botanicals, books, fiber arts, prints, food, and more- a wide variety of art and craft will be represented. Come on over from 10am to 5pm to get that early start on holiday shopping. Admission is free and you can enjoy hot mulled cider and Holiday cookies. Loads of wonderful items to choose from which are handcrafted by scores of talented artists. This is the same day as the Christmas Parade in downtown Marshall, so make it a day of getting into the holiday spirit.