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Posted: September 19, 2013 9:30 p.m.

Fall Ramble to feature Madison homes

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The rich, historic architecture of Madison, Ga., will be showcased during the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Fall Ramble Oct. 4-6. "Madison Unseen!" will include more than 40 historic private homes and sites rarely seen by the public.

Ramblers will begin the weekend on Friday exploring "The Mansions of Madison," including the classic antebellum Hilltop, an 1838 home that sits on one of the highest points in Madison; the Burney-Ponder-Rushing house, a three-gabled Victorian-era cottage; and Terrell Plantation, once home to George Terrell, upon whom author Joel Chandler Harris based his famous fictional character, Uncle Remus. That evening, guests will enjoy a four-star dinner at Variety Works, a building inspired by a late-1800s master woodworking shop that supplied many of the grand homes in Madison with their decorative work.

On Saturday, guests will enjoy a barbecue lunch in Bostwick, home of the Annual Cotton Gin Festival, and see private residences such as Cedar Lane Farm, a lovely antebellum home with award-winning gardens owned by Georgia Trust founding trustee Jane Symmes; the Edmund Walker Town House, a beautifully restored 1838 plantation plain-style town house; and Summershade, a unique 55-acre property that was featured in Garden and Gun magazine.

Saturday evening, guests will enjoy cocktails and dinner, prepared by renowned Georgia caterer Lee Epting, on the expansive grounds of Bonar Hall, a landmark property that features an 1839 Georgian manor house with 13-foot ceilings on both floors, detached brick kitchen, flanking summer house, orangery, formal gardens and orchard.

On Sunday, "In Town Living: Loft Life" will be spotlighted as guests tour more than nine contemporary loft homes, including: the 1885 Farmers Hardware Building, adapted into a creative live/work space that includes an abstract art gallery and couture design business; the "Ice House," converted from a 1910 brick warehouse into a unique space featuring arts and crafts furnishings and Cherokee artifacts; and three penthouse apartments at The James Madison Inn, featuring panoramic views of Madison.

Many registration options are available, ranging from $50 to $255.

For more information on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Fall Ramble or to register, visit www.GeorgiaTrust.org or call 404-885-7812.

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