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“Interesting middle ground of the Madison house museum trilogy”

Rogers House and Rose Cottage
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in Madison
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

This plantation plain house shows how middle-class people lived. As with most houses of the period, a simple two-room house was first built, then expanded.
One of the most unusual things for me was the heavily laden pomegranate tree. The backyard kitchen garden added a nice authenticity.

Thank Jemille W
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Miss Betty, our tour guide for both homes, was an absolute delight! She grew up in Madison and gave a most informative and relevant tour. We could have listened to her for hours. These two modest homes have been relocated to a spot in town and are a wonderful compliment to aristocratic Heritage Hall, also open for daily tours. They contain period furnishings and represent the lives of average southerners and industrious freed slaves. So happy not to have missed this experience!

Thank Mary D
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

These homes are a must. They don't take up too much for your time and it would be a shame if it was over looked. Both homes are filled with beauty and history and you can tour these homes and Heritage Hall for only $10! The three together is only about 1.5 hrs and definitely worth it. Miss Betty is hands down the most perfect person to get your tour from. She grew up in Madison and gave the most informative and relavant tour I have ever received. The ladies who run these tours are very accomodating. They were able to give me a tour an hour before they opened so I could make the most out of my short visit!

Thank littlemiss23
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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!

2  Thank BrewsterPug
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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.

2  Thank Frances D
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