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Eclectic Marshall Preserves Its Picturesque Past

Marshall NCFrom a quaint Main Street to ideal proximity to outdoor adventures, Marshall, N.C., is home to a range of rich experiences. A short 28-minute drive from Asheville, this idyllic town in Madison County, with easy access to trails along the French Broad River, features a downtown lined with historic buildings, including a century-old courthouse. Main Street features artists’ studios, interesting shops, music and dance venues and galleries. Stroll to Blannahassett Island, just over the river, to enjoy more artists’ studios, as well as picnic areas and fishing.

Marshall (population 870) boasts a history 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. Because of its location, the town was selected to be the Madison County seat, and the county courthouse was constructed in 1907. 

History has a home here

Marshall has strived to maintain pieces of its past, including the courthouse, the James H. White House and the Capitola Manufacturing Company Cotton Yarn Mill, all on the National Register of Historic Places. Old-time stores, art galleries, shops with unique home decor and gifts, restaurants and coffee shops line the downtown drag. Blannahassett Island, with the restored Marshall High Studios, features a Sunday afternoon farmers’ market, as well as arts festivals and holiday markets.

Marshall North CarolinaHomes in Marshall encompass a variety of sizes and styles. Mountain retreats with stellar views dot the hills around town; there’s also new construction on expansive tracts, as well as compact cottages and rustic cabins. Plenty of acreage is available to build a custom dream home.

Fun-filled Marshall NC festivals

Marshall features a number of entertaining festivals throughout the year:

Madison Potters Market – More than 20 of the best potters from around Madison County display their wares at Marshall High Studios (April).

Mermaid Parade & Festival – This downtown fest showcases arts, crafts and music, a seafood cook-off, and a costume parade (June).

Art on the Island Fest – Artisans, crafters and musicians join in this fall fair on Blannahassett Island (September).

Marshall Handmade Market – This arts fest, holiday market and open studio stroll in Marshall High Studios gives the public an opportunity to watch artists at work (November).

Town of Marshall NCOutdoor adventures galore in Marshall

When you’re ready to hit the outdoors, Marshall offers a range of activities suited to all interests and levels. The French Broad River provides the perfect stretch for whitewater rafting. Many outfitters offer knowledgeable guides for the adventure, for either half- or full-day trips.

Hiking is another popular and easy-to-access activity from Marshall. The nearby Laurel River Trail is an easy 7-mile round trip that follows Big Laurel Creek in Pisgah National Forest. An hour away are the famed hiking destinations of Max Patch – a bald with 360-degree, long-range views – and Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in eastern North America (6,684 feet).

Hot Springs, 23 miles from Marshall and tucked in Pisgah National Forest, is a popular destination, thanks to its natural hot mineral springs. After a relaxing soak, you can enjoy shopping and dining in the picturesque town.

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