Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Greetings From Historic Madison

The Rose City

During the holiday season, Madison resembles a scene out of a Hallmark movie. This time of year, everyone in the community gathers to see the annual Christmas Parade on Main Street, crowds around Waverly Place to view the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, visits Madison’s very own Santa, and strolls around the festive downtown. This year, the Rose City may look a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and new traditions sparked by the pandemic have caused many families to stay closer to home and incorporate virtual holiday celebrations.

Fortunately, the Rose City remains a stalwart of consistency during this pandemic with shops and restaurants offering new ways to enjoy their services, and local signs around town encouraging Madisonians to “stick together” and “don’t give up.” From the initial settlement of Bottle Hill ca. 1710 to present-day Madison, our small enclave of New Jersey has remained a close-knit community anchored around its historic district.

Featured in these windows are historic images of Madison from the late 19th and early 20th century. These views conjure up feelings of bygone days in this quaint little town. Walk around these windows here at METC’s Education Annex to view all the lovely scenes captured on these extraordinary postcards. Maybe you’ll be able to spot a few historic Madison landmarks!

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