Local City Celebrates 175th Anniversary

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Madison County, FL - Madison residents sang their hearts out as they celebrated their cities' 175th birthday.

It was on May 2, 1883 when the city was created.

"I thought they did a really good job, I'm proud to be a citizen of Madison County," said Leigh Barfield, a local resident.

Barfield thought it was important to be at the celebration. She says it's great being a member of this community.

"It was fun and I have my grandson Wiley here."

The event was held at the Madison County Courthouse Sunday afternoon.

Local residents who participated worked for months to prepare for this celebration.

"We looked through the history books, looked for things that were written about the city of Madison. Everything that you saw in the presentation was actually factual," said Jessica Webb, owner of the Rural Area Theater who helped put on the celebration.

"It's important to bring history into today, so it felt really good to be able to do that," said Phillip Taylor, a participant in the reenactment of the creation of Madison.

It was a man named Madison Livingston, who donated 168 acres that turned into the city of Madison.

Local leaders at the event said they look forward to building on the cities' rich history.

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