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Free Downtown Walking Tours Offer Glimpse of Madison History

By JOYCE WU

August 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

MADISON, NJ—Those who wonder about the origin of the “Rose City” or have yet to explore the historic buildings that line Main Street will have an opportunity to hear all of Madison’s secrets on Thursday, August 22nd. In collaboration with the Downtown Development Commission’s weekly Farmers’ Market, the Historic Preservation Commission and Historical Society will be hosting two free walking tours of downtown Madison. Tour groups will meet at the Farmers’ Market at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM in front of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts on Green Village Road.

Members of the Historic Preservation Commission will lead tour groups through a 45-minute journey of the sights and stories behind Madison’s downtown business district. The tour will include information from Barbara Parker’s Downtown Walking Tour, as well as facts about Madison’s historic buildings drawn from the work of Robert Guter, an architectural historian who specializes in New Jersey architecture.

Once the tour is finished, attendees are welcome to pay a special visit to “Geraldine,” Madison’s historic fire truck, at the Borough Safety Building. First donated by Geraldine Dodge to the Borough of Madison in 1921, the Ahrens Fox fire truck fought fires for 40 years before it was sold to an antiques collector. Through the combined effort of private donors and dedicated fundraising groups, Geraldine is finally back at her rightful home in Madison.

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