Meet our friendly and knowledgeable Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center staff! They are here to promote the membership, welcome guests to town, and make sure visitors are armed with maps and information in order to best enjoy and explore Madison County!
Heather Riley, Executive Director
Our vibrant, captivating community is rich in history, charm, and natural beauty. We are the home of the world-famous Covered Bridges of Madison County, the birthplace of John Wayne – one of the world’s most iconic screen actors, and home of the original Red Delicious apple tree. George Washington Carver lived in Winterset as he was in the midst of his studies at Simpson College in Indianola, IA, and Susan B. Anthony spoke from our courthouse steps as she fought for women’s suffrage.
Our courthouse square is teeming with charming boutiques, shops and restaurants and our city and county parks are some of the prettiest in the state of Iowa!
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce works to promote Madison County as a great place to work, play, live, and do business. Our membership is comprised of a diverse group of individuals, businesses, and organizations dedicated to improving our community and business economy.
Our Welcome Center is full of maps and information as well as Madison County souvenirs and treasures. We encourage you to stop by our office at 73 Jefferson Street in Winterset, and let our friendly staff help you find services and resources from our membership, or plan an outing to visit covered bridges and enjoy our community.
Thanks for stopping by!
What’s your favorite thing about Madison County? Madison County has wonderful people, beautiful rolling hills, and rich history of our early settlers. The town of Winterset along with the book, movie, and now musical showcasing our beautiful “Bridges of Madison County” make this a great place to visit!
What’s your favorite thing about Madison County? Here in Madison County you’ll find a wonderful, nostalgic small town that offers many amenities of a metro area! Combine great shopping, fun restaurants, terrific places to meet up with your friends with our world-famous covered bridges and you’ve got it all!
What’s your favorite thing about Madison County? I’d have to say my favorite thing about Madison County is FAMILY! My father served in the Navy for 21 years and I grew up all over the United States, but Winterset was always where family and home was. Every time my dad was stationed somewhere new, we’d drive across the country always knowing that Madison County was there waiting for us to stop on our way to the next state. My dad grew up in St. Charles and my mom in Winterset so home we went to see grandparents, cousins, great aunts and great uncles…lots of relations around these here parts!
Melody Reels, Welcome Center Staff
What’s your favorite thing about Madison County? I love that I’m raising my family here. It’s special for them to learn about a healthy community and how we support one another. Whether they are patrons of a local business, or lending a hand to a neighbor, I couldn’t ask for a better place for my children to learn. On top of that, there are so many opportunities to get involved and be active! Watch a new or classic movie at our newly renovated Iowa Theater. Be part of a production at the Winterset Stage. Help a local shopkeeper during the Covered Bridge Festival. March with the marching band during parades. Take an art class at the Winterset Art Center. I could go on and on. This is a great community that allows everyone to get engaged and make lasting memories!
Nancy Trask, Welcome Center Staff
What’s your favorite thing about Madison County? I call it quality of life. Madison County offers all of life’s conveniences, and most important, people who understand the value of friendship and neighborliness. We have numerous heroes to help us keep our perspective on what’s really important in life… George Washington Carver, Thankful Robbins, George Stout, brave men and women of the Underground Railroad, Dr. Jessie Smith, and John Wayne. And we have a community full of contemporary heroes who make a difference every day in the life of the community through their service on boards, commissions, service clubs, and elected offices, and as just plain friends and neighbors. I’m happy to call it my home.