The Town of Marshall

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The town of Marshall’s history was defined by the French Broad River. The Main Street has the river on one side and a cliff on the other. Transportation routes along the river and the subsequent railroad created a booming economy for the town in the past. The courthouse demonstrates the town’s importance as county seat and the historic Allen House sits amidst historic businesses, both exhibiting architectural beauty. The mix of the government and the eclectic art studios creates a unique atmosphere for the town. Across the bridge, Blannahassett Island provides a peaceful setting for picnics and recreational activities.

Town of Marshall, North Carolina, Visitor Guide

The historic town of Marshall, nestled between rocky cliffs and the scenic French Broad River, celebrates its colorful past while passionately embracing the contemporary. Main Street, lined with original buildings including our century-old courthouse, is home to artists’ studios, galleries, music and dance venues, and eclectic shops.

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Madison County NC Courthouse

The Madison County Courthouse was built in 1907 and designed by Richard Sharp Smith (head architect for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC). The two story Neo-Classical Revival brick structure sits in the heart of Marshall with an unobstructed view of the French Broad River. 

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Colonel Lawrence Allen House

The oldest building on Main Street, constructed in 1849, the Colonel Lawrence M. Allen House played an important part in the Civil War. A marker in front of the house (part of the Civil War Trails) tells the story. The house itself is a typical “I-house” which was a common form throughout Western North Carolina from the early 1800s into the 1900s.

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Blannahassett Island in Marshall

Marshall has a unique geographic location situated in a ravine on the French Broad River with just Main Street and the railroad running between the river and the steep cliff on the blocks of the historic downtown.

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Marshall, North Carolina Historic Markers

Three of the town of Marshall’s historic markers are placed in front of the historic County Courthouse on Main Street in downtown Marshall. Two share a “road” theme as one commemorates the Dixie Highway from the early part of the 20th century; the other commemorates the Buncombe Turnpike (or Drover’s Trail as it is sometime called) from the 19th century.

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Featured Businesses in Marshall

Libby and Jim Mijanovich

651 Long Branch Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-0200

Libby and Jim Mijanovich

Happy Cinco de Mayo

798 Walnut Creek Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-8177

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Marshall Handmade Market

115 Blannahassatt Island Marshall, North Carolina 28753

Marshall Handmade Market

Sunday on the Island Farmers Market

115 Blannahassett Island Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753

Sunday on the Island Farmers Market

Blue Heron Whitewater

35 Little Pine Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
828 450-4463

Blue Heron Whitewater

High Ridge Adventures - Outfitting & BBQ

4223 U.S. 25 Marshall, North Carolina 28753
828-649-9305

High Ridge Adventures - Outfitting & BBQ

Marshall Container Co

10 South Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-8700

Marshall Container Co

Nancy Darrell

556 Black Pine Ridge Rd Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 656-2731

Nancy Darrell

French Broad Exchange

63 South Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
828 649-2957

French Broad Exchange

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

9800 Old US highway 25-70 Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(800) 570-7238

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

Madison County Tourism Development Authority

56 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Contact
 

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Local: (828) 680-9031

Toll Free: (877) 262-3476

Mailing Address: PO Box 1527
    Mars Hill, NC 28754