The Town of Mars Hill


The town of Mars Hill was built around the educational institution which was to become Mars Hill University. And, strolling down Main Street you can feel the influence that still permeates the small downtown area. Owen Theatre on the university campus is the home of the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre which draws theatergoers from the surrounding area. The town has a rich music history as it was the birthplace of Bascom Lamar Lunsford, the “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” And, just a short distance from the town and a long distance in elevation, is a ski area for winter outdoor pleasure.


Mars Hill College History

In the mid 1800s, there was a town in the area known as Pleasant Hill.  The four families living here wanted their children educated and instructed in the Baptist faith.

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Anderson Rosenwald Schools

In the 1920s, the president of Sears, Roebuck and Co, Julius Rosenwald, created a fund to build schools in the rural areas of 15 southern states to enable black children to get an education during segregation. 

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Featured Businesses in Mars Hill

Little Creek Cafe

11660 U.S. 23 Mars Hill, 28754
(828) 689-2307

Little Creek Cafe

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

578 Valley View Circle Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754
(828) 689-4119

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Madison County Tourism Development Authority

56 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Mailing Address: PO Box 1527
    Mars Hill, NC 28754