Although Madison Heights has fallen victim to urban sprawl from Lynchburg, traces of the early town of Madison survive. It was created in 1791 at the same time that John Lynch of Lynchburg was authorized to build a tobacco warehouse and inspection station at his ferry just below the bluffs of the James River. Handsome reminders of the settlement's early days are several Federal houses reputedly put up by Mr. Lamkin, one of Virginia's many skilled architect-builders about whom, to date, almost nothing is known.
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