A walking tour acquaints you with the city around you, helping you avoid disaster during future scavenger hunts and upcoming bouts of amnesia. Get familiar with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for a one-year individual membership (a $30 value)
- $20 for a one-year family membership (a $40 value)
Members explore Madison with unlimited access to architectural walking tours and invitations to exclusive events and ceremonies. Through annual contributions, members help retain and enhance historic places such as homes, buildings, cemeteries, parks, and Indian mounds.
Madison Trust for Historic Preservation
In 1853, with pieces of buff sandstone hauled from a nearby quarry, Able Dunning and his wife erected a Greek Revival farmhouse on University Avenue in Madison. They called the house Mapleside, and it sat for 117 years like a stoic grandmother, surveying the surrounding landscape as spring’s innumerable rows of crops gave way to winter’s barren fields.
After efforts to save the historic building failed, community members joined forces to create the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. Today, the independent, nonprofit organization continues to preserve the city's historic character through efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and rehabilitate buildings. Its annual activities focus on educating residents about Madison’s past through the buildings that endure as monuments to bygone eras. The hope is that a new generation of activists might be inspired to take up the mantle of preservation after a historic architecture tour of State Street, Bascom Hill, or Bucky Badger’s slowly eroding burrow.