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Historical Madison subdivision celebrates 35th anniversary

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Residents totally funded the project. Residents totally funded the project.

Residents at one of the oldest subdivisions in Madison will celebrate its 35th anniversary on Saturday.

Two stone signs bearing the name of the neighborhood are expected to be completed by the ceremony.

But for those who live at Stone Ridge, the structures are more than just a pair of signs. It is a tribute to one of the first neighborhoods that was built in what has become a booming city.

"It paved the way for a lot of other subdivisions that later came on. Now you can go up and down Hughes Road or County Line and you see tons of subdivisions," said resident Allen Stroud.

Stone Ridge was established in 1978, when Madison began to see a major spurt in housing.

"It kind of was one of the first large-scale neighborhoods to come around the Madison area at that time," Stroud said.

Stroud has lived at Stone Ridge all his life, save the few years he spent in Auburn for college.

In 2005, remnants of Hurricane Katrina damaged the signs that he grew up seeing everyday.

Stroud rallied the community to raise money to replace the 20-year-old signs.

They raised the money through door-to-door campaigns and spread the word by distributing flyers. Residents knew it had to be their effort, and not a developer's.

"With our neighborhood, our committee put this all together. We designed it, we picked the materials; everything we did ourselves," Stroud said.

In four months' time, the community pulled through and funded both signs for construction.

"To raise $15,000 is just remarkable in the time that we did," Stroud said.

Stroud and subdivision residents will hold the anniversary ribbon-cutting at the neighborhood entrance on Hughes Road and Lynbrook Boulevard on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

A reception at the former Bob Jones High School football stadium parking lot across the street will follow.

Madison Mayor Troy Trulock and other community members expect to attend.

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