Madison is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, in the United States. Madison is located about 25 miles west of downtown Manhattan, and is a suburban town of New York City. It is known as “The Rose City”.
Madison’s growth began after the Civil War. A railroad provided good transportation for farm produce grown at Madison. The Morris and Essex Lines became one of America’s first commuter railroads, attracting well-to-do families from Manhattan (many of whom already owned large parcels land in the area for farming, hunting, and recreation) and contributing to the development of “Millionaire’s Row,” which stretched from downtown Madison to downtown Morristown. The rose industry and the large estates in the area attracted working-class people of all kinds. Today Madison also remains a diverse community, with many of the more recent newcomers arriving from Central America, South America, and Asia. Madison is a railroad suburb of New York City.
Madison’s downtown is supported by the Madison Downtown Development Commission and a downtown manager. Many historical buildings remain in the community. The Madison Civic Commercial Historic District, which includes much of “downtown” as well as the borough hall and the train station, is listed on the State Register of Historic Places.
The Madison Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Saint Vincent Martyr School (SVMS) is a Catholic parochial school that serves students in grades PK-3 through eight, operated under the auspices of the Saint Vincent Parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson. SVMS is a recipient of the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon award for 2005–2006.
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