Blannahassett Island in Marshall

In its early history, there were houses on Blannahassett Island which parallels Main Street and the French Broad River. In fact, the Free Will Baptist Church which is now located at the far north end of Main Street was brought across from Blannahassett Island in the 1920s. Marshall High School was built on the island in 1925 and operated until 1992. The building was used by the county for offices for years and when it was scheduled to be demolished, 3000 signatures and investment of money by Rob Pulleyn and others saved it. Since 2007 the refurbished Marshall High Studios has provided studio and exhibit space for the region’s growing community of artists.


Blannahassett Island
 

Today it provides a picturesque and unique setting for a town park. The Marshall community organized to convert the natural area of the island to a town park, citing that Bryson City is the only other city within Western North Carolina which has a park on an island in a river. There are several ways to enjoy nature on the island including picnic areas, a wonderful walking path, a fishing pier, and a disc golf practice field. In 2011, the town added an outdoor stage for concerts.

 

Featured Businesses in Marshall

Nancy Darrell

Nancy Darrell

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 656-2731

Nancy Darrell

Marshall Handmade Market

Marshall Handmade Market

Marshall, North Carolina

Marshall Handmade Market

Rob Amberg Pictures and Words

Rob Amberg Pictures and Words

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-2142

Rob Amberg Pictures and Words

Walnut Creek Gallery

Walnut Creek Gallery

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-0568

Walnut Creek Gallery

French Broad Adventures

French Broad Adventures

Marshall, North Carolina
828 649-0486

French Broad Adventures

Blue Heron Whitewater

Blue Heron Whitewater

Marshall, North Carolina
828 450-4463

Blue Heron Whitewater

Toops Photojournalist Services

Toops Photojournalist Services

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-3276

Toops Photojournalist Services

Libby and Jim Mijanovich

Libby and Jim Mijanovich

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-0200

Libby and Jim Mijanovich

Mad Co. Brew House

Mad Co. Brew House

Marshall, North Carolina
828-649-8600

Mad Co. Brew House

Alex Matisse

Alex Matisse

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 689-4109

Alex Matisse

Madison County Tourism Development Authority

56 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Local: (828) 680-9031

Toll Free: (877) 262-3476

Mailing Address: PO Box 1527
    Mars Hill, NC 28754