RALEIGH — Madison’s long and storied history was honored in Raleigh on June 6, during the 139th legislative day of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

On Wednesday, Rep. Kyle Hall (R-Stokes) welcomed town officials to the North Carolina State Legislative Building to recognize Madison’s 200th anniversary.

Hall, who represents western Rockingham County and Rep. Bert Jones (R-Rockingham), who represents the remainder of the county, both shared remarks from the House floor near the opening of Wednesday’s session.

“Madison's population has grown steady over the years with schools, homes, churches and businesses laying a foundation for that great town,” said Hall, who added he believed Madison deserved the recognition as what he believes is the only town in North Carolina celebrating a bicentennial this year.

“It boasts many industries, retail options and institutional uses, along with a unique downtown and two historic districts. This is a town that takes great pride in the momentous achievement this year,” Hall said.

Jones, a lifelong resident of Rockingham County, joined Hall in congratulating Madison.

“I'm a lifelong resident of Rockingham County and I've had the privilege of representing [Madison] as a county commissioner and at times as a representative,” Jones said. “We are very proud of them and their rich heritage and want to congratulate them.

Hall was even willing to throw out fighting words on the House floor, as he stood tall and defended Fuzzy’s Bar-B-Q as one of – if not the best – barbecue joints in the state.

Following the session, David Myers said it was first and foremost an honor being a mayor of Madison, and shared his appreciation for being able to witness history.

“There aren’t too many mayors that get to be a part of history and 200 years is definitely a part of history, because none of us will be around for the next bicentennial,” Myers said with a chuckle. “To be able to set the stage and the precedent for the next 200 years of Madison – it’s just an honor.”

Both the Mayor and Town Manager Kevin Baughn agreed that it was a great honor for the town to be recognized at the state level and appreciated Rep. Hall’s efforts to work tirelessly to represent Madison, even though it’s only a small portion of his constituency.

“We're just a small part in the big piece of pie for him, but he is very attentive to the details and looks at the whole picture,” Myers said. “The way I read him is there are no boundaries and he is going to go out of his way to do everything he can for everybody. I respect him a lot and hope he is in there for the long haul because he does a lot for this area.” 

The celebration of Madison’s bicentennial will continue through the summer months.

On Sunday, the town’s churches will come together for the Madison Church Celebration on the lawn of Madison Presbyterian Church. The service will begin at 10 a.m. and guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and a picnic lunch.

A 200th anniversary cake will also be served.

On July 4 at noon, officials will open a time capsule that was buried 50 years ago. Sept. 22 will also play host to the big Bicentennial Celebration in downtown Madison.  

The event will include old-time demonstrations, old-time games, old-time activities, music and many food and craft vendors.

To view Madison’s Bicentennial Calendar of Events, visit http://www.townofmadison.org.

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Joe Dexter is a staff writer for RockinghamNow and covers Reidsville, Wentworth, courts, crime and government.

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