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“Wonderful component of Madison tour”

Rogers House and Rose Cottage
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Madison
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I would not recommend planning a visit to Madison solely for this attraction but neither would I recommend visiting Madison without seeing this gem.

These two houses were relocated to a convenient spot just off of the main town square. These modest dwellings are a wonderful compliment to aristocratic Heritage Hall (open for tours daily). Filled with period furnishings, these two houses represent the lives of average southerners and industrious freed slaves. Rogers House is the oldest building in Madison, built in 1809, it is a classic "two over two" Piedmont Plain style house, adjacent Rose cottage, the home of a former slave, was built in 1891 and relocated a short distance to complete this two home attraction.

A joy for history buffs and a shining piece of Black American heritage.

Pros: centrally located, knowledgeable docents, authentic and insightful.
Cons: None!

Tip: Do this in conjunction with Heritage Hall, and the MMCC (Cultural Center), add a free self-guided walking tour from the Visitor Center (a block away) and enjoy your day!

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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Usualy house tours are in big fine homes. But these two little cottages tell the story of how the less affluent and poorer people lived.

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

The Rogers House and Rose Cottage are located on the edge of the town square in Madison, GA. They are historic homes preserved by the Morgan County Historical Society and shown to the public by dedicated volunteers. The Rogers House was the first house in town, built by Reuben Rogers. It is full of period furnishings, you can see rooms on two floors. The Rose Cottage has a more intriguing history. It was built by Adeline Rose who was still born in slavery. She made her livelihood by taking in the laundry for people who didn't do laundry themselves. Through hard work and frugality, she managed to build and maintain her house in which she raised her children. The modest cottage dates from 1891, Ms Rose lived there for 68 years. The Historical Society deserves credit for moving the building to its present location and preserving this part of African-American history. Inside, you Ms Rose furniture. Not all items in the kitchen are original to the house but still give you an idea how back-breaking house work was at the time.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017
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