Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 4,559
2000 Census - 4,159
Madisonville, Texas
Madisonville Texas History: 
The town was founded in 1853 as the county seat of the newly organized Madison County. The site was chosen because it was located in the center of the county, and because a spring fed lake (Madison Lake) located northeast of town provided fresh water. Both the county and town were named for President James Madison. Lot sales began in the summer of 1853 on 200 acres donated by early settler Job Starks Collard. The Madisonville post office was established and the Madison County courthouse was built in 1954. By the 1870s, the town a trading center for local farms. By 1884, Madisonville had a gristmill and cotton gin, four churches, two schools, and an estimated population of 200. In 1903, the International-Great Northern Railroad completed a line between Madisonville and Navasota. The line was abandoned in 1944 after the construction of SH 21 and U.S. 75. Today, agricultural products and the oil and gas industry contribute to the town’s economy. Madisonville is located at the intersections of IH-45, U.S. 190/SH 21 (Main Street), SH 90 (Madison Street) and SH 75 (May Street), approximately 20 miles east of the Navasota River, approximately 18 miles west of the Trinity River, 57 miles north of Plantersville, 34 miles north of Anderson, 13 miles north of Bedias, 51 miles northeast of Washington-on-the-Brazos, 41 miles northeast of College Station, 36.4 miles northeast of Bryan, 21 miles southeast of Normangee, 22 miles southeast of Centerville and Fort Boggy State Park, 39 miles southwest from Crockett and Houston County Lake, 47 miles southwest of Trinity, 40 miles northwest of Riverside and Lake Livingston, 50 miles northwest of Point Blank, 42 miles northwest of New Waverly and the Sam Houston National Forest & WMA, 28.8 miles northwest of Huntsville State Park and Huntsville, and 55 miles northwest of Lake Conroe and Montgomery Texas.
Madison County Courthouse, 1970:
This concrete and brick courthouse was designed in modern style by architects Dickson, Dickson, Buckley & Bullock. The previous 4 county courthouses were destroyed by fire, including the beautiful 1896 courthouse which burned down in 1967.      
Madison County Museum:
The museum features exhibits and photos depicting the history of Madisonville and Madison County. Open Wed-Sat, 10am-2pm. (936) 348-5230. The museum is located on the town square at 201 N. Madison Street.  
Madison County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. They have large genealogical and Madison County history collections. Open Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm; Tue, 11am-1pm; 2pm-7pm; closed Saturday and Sunday. (936) 348-6118. 605 S. May Street.
Kaliente's Ice House Live Music:
Features Friday night Karaoke and Saturday night live music. (936) 349-0089. 111 Madison Street.
Monterey Mushrooms:
This is the largest mushroom growing facility in Texas. They grow Portabellas, white mushrooms and several specialty mushrooms. (800) 725-3511. 5816 SH 75 South, Madisonville, TX 77864
Huebner Christmas Tree Farm, Normangee, TX:
They offer cut your own Christmas trees. They grow and sell Virginia pine, Leyland cypress, blue ice Arizona trees. The also sell pre-cut Fraser fir trees. They offer hayrides, tours, and visits by Santa. Their gift shop sells wreaths, garlands, gifts, and arts and crafts. They open the Friday after Thanksgiving. They are open Wed-Sat, 9am-dark; Sun, 1pm-dark. (903) 344-1132. 4302 PR 4010, Normangee, TX 77871. Email  Normangee Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Normangee Texas Area Map
Event Venue - Truman Kimbro Convention Center:
This center features a multi-purpose room, a kitchen and restrooms. (936) 348-2748. This reservable center is located at 111 West Trinity on the south side of the courthouse square.
Event Venues - Lake Madison Park Clubhouse and Picnic Pavilion:
The Pavilion may be reserved for free; fees apply to clubhouse rentals. (936) 348-2748. The Clubhouse and Pavilion are located at 1215 Collard Street. Fish Stocking History
Event Venue - American Legion Hall #84:
The facility may be reserved. (936) 348-6036. 800 N. May Street.
Event Venue - Madisonville Cattlemens Association Facilities:
Facilities include a pavilion with a kitchen and ballroom, an arena and parking. The fairgrounds are located in Madisonville on Industrial Boulevard off of the feeder access road to IH-45. Contacts
Annual Madisonville County Fair, March:
Activities include the MSCA Steak Dinner, a trail ride, a two day rodeo, a carnival, stick horse races, bull riding, barrel racing, calf scramble, a pageant, a dance, live music, a BBQ cook-off, food vendors, and more. This event is held at the Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemen’s Association Facilities. The fairgrounds are located in Madisonville on Industrial Boulevard off of the feeder access road to IH-45. Contacts
Annual Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemens Association Rodeo, a Weekend in May:
Activities include a steak dinner and dance, a rodeo, mutton bustin’, stick races and other activities. The Cattlemens Association also holds a barbeque cook-off the third weekend in May. The fairgrounds are located in Madisonville on Industrial Boulevard off of the feeder access road to IH-45.  Contacts
Annual Texas Mushroom Festival, Oct:
The festival features a gala dinner and auction, a Texas wine tasting, cooking demos, arts and crafts, food vendors, an auto showcase, a photo contest, a kid’s zone, the Shiitake 5K run/walk, and more. This event is held in downtown Madisonville. Email  Contacts 
Shrimpy's Seafood Restaurant:
They serve very good gumbo and other seafood items. Open Tue-Thu, 11am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm; closed Sunday and Monday. (936) 348-9450. 3239 South IH-45. Email  Reviews      
Texas Legends Steakhouse: 
(936) 348-3927. 115 South Madison Street. Reviews