Madisonville was established in 1809 as Madison, Ohio and was named after the newly elected President James Madison.The first permanent settler was Joseph Ward, a 65 year old Revolutionary War veteran from New Jersey. Joseph and his sons built the first house, a log cabin, in 1797 along an old Indian trail near what is now Whetsel and Monning Avenue. By 1926 a post office was established in the village, and the name was changed to Madisonville to avoid duplication with another Madison, Ohio. By 1900, the population was 3,000 and in 1911, Madisonville was annexed by the City of Cincinnati. It currently has almost 10,000 residents.
Many of the homes in Madisonville are affordably priced. Home styles range in variety from cape cods to cottage style to brick-style homes. Although most homes are older, there has been several in-fill new homes constructed. The community has been seeing economic and housing development. Plans are in place to establish a walkable, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use neighborhood business district at Madison Road and Whetsel Avenue. Madisonville’s historic bank building was restored to offer retail, restaurant, office and apartment spaces.
Madisonville is located conveniently off I-71. Downtown Cincinnati is approximately 10 minutes away, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is a 35-minute drive. Queen City Metro Bus service runs several routes through Madisonville daily. State Route 50 is short drive from Madisonville, connecting one to the southern edge of downtown Cincinnnati in about 15 minutes.
Madisonville is a 10-minute drive to Jewish Hospital in Kenwood, and a 15 to 20-minute drive to several of the area’s finest medical facilities, including Christ Hospital, Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University Hospital. Many doctors offices are located along Red Bank Road. Medpace, a research-based drug and medical device company is located at the corner of Madison and Red Bank Roads.
A neighborhood Walmart is located on Red Bank Road along with other retail stores and restaurants. Nearby Mariemont offers specialty boutiques. Kenwood Towne Centre and Sycamore Plaza are both approximately 10 minutes away in Kenwood and provide access to over 200 national restaurants and retailers including Nordstrom’s and Macy’s. Downtown Madisonville has several local shops and restaurants, including the popular Lala’s Blissful Bites Bakery, Cookoo's Coffee Shoppe and the French Rendez-Vous.
A fitness center, gym, swimming pools, and ball fields are available for community use at the Madisonville Recreation Center on Stewart Avenue. The Madisonville branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the Madisonville Senior Center are hubs in the community. Bramble Park has a basketball court, picnic areas and baseball/softball fields. Several festivals along Miami Road are hosted in the heart of downtown Madisonville throughout the year.