Foster-Thomason-Miller House


Madison’s Masterpiece on Main


1883 Foster-Thomason-Miller House
498 South Main Street | Madison, GA 30650

Built in 1883 as “the most elegant country home in Middle Georgia,” and completely restored in 1986 (receiving the 1986 Georgia Trust State Preservation Award), the 5,000 square foot home includes five bedrooms, two bathrooms, parlor, library, dining room, and a spectacular central hall.

This extraordinary home of national significance is an excellent example of the American Aesthetic Movement with elements of Queen Anne, Italianate, and Gothic Revival styles. A treasure trove of detail, the interior decorative elements include extensive wood carving, cabinetry, plasterwork caryatids, and numerous motifs and symbols of the Aesthetic Movement. The ideal location of the house makes for a short walk to the Cultural Center and Madison’s Downtown shops and restaurants.

In 2001, the rear kitchen addition burned. The main building suffered primarily smoke and water damage. The property will require significant investment to rehabilitate and presents a unique opportunity to design and build a new rear addition with modern amenities.

In 2018, the house and property were listed on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Places in Peril” list.  The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making it eligible for significant economic/tax incentives, including Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits, State Rehabilitation Tax Credits, and a Preferential Property Tax Freeze. The property is also regulated by Madison’s local historic district.

The property is listed by Lewis and Redwine Real Estate Group for sale to a conservation buyer who will agree to rehabilitate the building to certain standards and will be further marketed by the Georgia Trust and the Conservancy.  The house on 1.024 acres is available for $449,000.  There is an adjacent .86-acre developable lot also available for sale. Serious inquiries should be directed to Michael Redwine or Jeffrey Hagy at  [email protected] or 404-394-4071or

To see more photos of the property, click here.

When the Foster-Thomason-Miller House was constructed in 1883 it was known as “the most elegant country home in Middle Georgia.”  And for good reason.  It was built on the foundation of the 1850 Georgia Female Academy, it was the first house in Madison to be gasified, and its spectacular interiors (even in its current state) are chock full of rich artistic and architectural detail, making it the most ornate home in all of Morgan County.

The Madison-Morgan Conservancy decided it was time to save this masterpiece before it was too late and began raising funds for an Endangered Properties Revolving Fund.  In May 2018, the Conservancy purchased the building and the adjacent empty lot and immediately began stabilization.  We are now listing the property for sale to a conservation buyer who will agree to rehabilitate the building to certain standards.  

To see photos of the interiors before the fire, please visit or

This is the Madison-Morgan Conservancy’s first Endangered Properties Revolving Fund project.

Serious inquiries should be directed to:

Michael Redwine and Jeffrey Hagy
[email protected]

Property Features

Approximately 5,000 sq. ft. 
8 main rooms, each approximately 400 sq. ft. (20 ft. by 20 ft.)
8 fireplaces with ornate mantels
5 bedrooms
Master bedroom on main floor
2 full bathrooms
Elaborate period frescoed ceilings
Extensive wood carvings
Walnut and ash wainscoting
1.024 acre lot that fronts Main Street

Located in Madison’s Historic District
55 miles east of Atlanta, GA
25 miles south of Athens, GA

An adjacent .86-acre developable lot also available for sale.

About Madison, Georgia

Madison is a magical southern town and a gem of southern culture.  It’s National Register Historic District is one of the state’s largest collections of 19th century architecture, earning it a place on Budget Travel Magazine’s list of “World’s 16 Most Picturesque Villages,” on USA Today’s (May 2018) “Top 10 Best Historic Small Towns,” and listed as the “Best Small Town in Georgia” by Southern Living Magazine South’s Best Issue (April 2018). 

 “Besides more than 50 antebellum buildings in its historic downtown, this űber-Southern place is overflowing with galleries, shops, and dining spots.” – Southern Living Magazine

“Madison lives on today as the sort of graceful community, all columned mansions and oak-lined streets, that exemplifies the beauty of the antebellum South.” – Country Living Magazine

Aristocratic from its 1807 founding, Madison keeps its cultural edge by hosting art, food, music, and literary festivals throughout the year; by celebrating its agrarian heritage and local food systems; and by providing opportunities for citizens to be involved in local government commissions and community planning.

 Click here to visit the official tourism website for Madison, Georgia – Morgan County.

 Click here to see the Visitor Guide