Chelsea Madden

Chelsea Madden and her husband enjoy living in little Forsyth.

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me why I chose to live in Forsyth, I’d probably be able to pay off my student debt. 

My answer: why not choose Forsyth? 

After my husband and I got married, we lived in an apartment in Macon for about two years. It wasn’t a bad experience and I wouldn’t trade those mortgage-free years for anything – but when it was time to look for our first house, we knew it had to be in Monroe County for several reasons: we knew it would be more cost effective and we knew that if kids were in our future, the Monroe County school system was the best option. We also knew that Forsyth held a special place in our hearts – we both grew up and met each other in this town. It didn’t take much to figure out that we wanted it to be the setting of our futures as well.  

Another reason? Well, I’ve got plenty. 

Forsyth is on the rise. With its historic square, small shops, and growing nightlife, it is the perfect combination of family fun and good time living. Forsyth is where my husband and I can grab a drink at The Pickled Okra and listen to some live music from a band of folks we went to high school with; Forsyth is where we can get rowdy at a Mary Persons football game or have a quiet date night at the Grits Café; Forsyth is where I feel comfortable enough to walk from the library to Scoops and grab a sweet treat. 

Forsyth is also the home to some of the best people around. From the greeters at Walmart to the servers at Jonah’s, everyone you’ll meet is nice, helpful, and full of southern hospitality. Friendships are hard to come by, but trust me when I tell you that Forsyth friends are the best friends you will ever have. If you are looking for a real, genuine friendship, Forsyth is the place you will find it. 

When I was in high school, I thought about how much I couldn’t wait to get out of town – and I know that thought was pretty consistent among the other teens at that time. But man – I sure am glad I grew out of that mindset and well, just grew up, too. 

Now, as I crack open a cold one with my husband, we both sit in lawn chairs and watch as our carrot-colored pup chases birds around the yard. Claps and cheers can be heard from across Montpelier as the Mary Persons baseball team plays. I close my eyes and smile. 

I chose Forsyth for these reasons and more, but most of all, I chose it because it is home and it always will be.

 Chelsea Madden of Forsyth is a graduate student in the Savannah College of Art and Design, and an administrative assistant at the engineering firm Hodges, Harbin, Newberry & Tribble in Macon.