Marshall is a town and country area in Western North Carolina.
Marshall consists of a small village and a larger country area in the Appalachians. The historic part of Marshall is compact, being almost entirely on the Main Street, with the French Broad River on the southern side and hills on the northern side. The hills north of historic Marshall are not very densely populated.
However, there are more companies and services scattered along the part of U.S. Route 70 (also U.S. Route 25) that goes past the northern side of Marshall. There are also some houses on the southern side of the French Broad River.
U.S. Routes 70 and 25 follow the same route along the northern side of Marshall, and go to many of Marshall's restaurants and services. To get from U.S. Route 70 to historic Marshall, take a left on Marshall's Main Street (U.S. Bus Route 70), which goes past a library and into historic downtown Marshall.
A railroad goes past historic Marshall, but there are no train stations along the Marshall part of the railroad line.
You can easily walk around historic Marshall, but you will probably want to drive to the northern part of Marshall, which is more than a mile from the historic area.
Marshall's downtown has many historic buildings, and a sign on the southern bank of the French Broad River calls downtown Marshall "Historic Marshall". All of the buildings listed here are on the National Register of Historic Places.
- 1 Bank of French Broad (Robert Building), 100 North Main Street. The Bank of French Broad and adjacent Robert Building were built in 1922-1923. They are two- to three-story, Classical Revival style brick buildings that were joined into one building in the late 1970s to early 1980s.
- 2 Jeff White House, Viewable from North Carolina Route 213. This is a privately owned house, and is therefore not open to the general public.
- 3 Madison County Courthouse, 2 North Main Street. This is probably the most attractive building in Marshall. It is a brick building with a clock tower on top and Greek pillars in the front.
- 4 Marshall Presbyterian Church, 165 South Main Street. This is a beautiful brick building on the eastern side of downtown Marshall. It is built in a colonial architecture style and looks somewhat similar to the county courthouse.
Small town shopping, dining, and sight-seeing are definitely possible activities in and around Marshall. Surrounding Marshall (particularly to the north) is a lot of National Forest for hiking, biking, and whitewater rafting or canoeing.
For those who are interested in photography, there are many roads around Marshall where a traveler can stop and photographs.
- 1 Appalachian Trail (There are several trailheads in the Appalachians near Hot Springs). One of America's great hiking trails, the Appalachian Trail passes north of Marshall near the town of Hot Springs. The section of the Appalachian Trail near Marshall is inside Pisgah National Forest.
- 2 Pisgah National Forest. This national forest surrounds Marshall on the town's north, east, and west sides.
- 1 Madison Natural Foods, 101 North Main Street, ☏ . M-Sa 9AM - 7PM, Su 11AM - 5PM. This is the main grocery store in town, and it is not a chain store.
- 2 Penland & Sons (Penland's Department Store), 50 South Main Street, ☏ . M-Sa 9AM - 5PM.
- 1 Burger Parlor, 5707 US Route 25, ☏ . M-F 5:30AM - 6PM, Sa 6:30AM - 4PM.
- 2 Momma's Kitchen, 7529 Route 70, ☏ . M-F 7AM - 3PM.
- 3 Sweet Monkey Bakery, 133 South Main Street, ☏ .
- 4 Zuma Coffee, 7 North Main Street (near the Courthouse), ☏ . Live bluegrass music on Thursday evenings.
- 5 Star Diner, 115 N Main St, ☏ . 5:30-9PM.
- 1 Mad Co. Brew House (Madison County Brewing), 45 North Main Street, ☏ . M-Th 2-9:30PM, F Sa noon-11:30PM, Su noon-8:30PM.
- 2 Marshall Container Company, 10 South Main Street (junction of Main Street and Bailey's Branch Road), ☏ . M-Sa 3 - 9PM.
Various B&Bs, camping, and rental cabins are available in the Great Smoky Mountains that are northwest of Marshall.
- Asheville is a city southeast of Marshall.
- Mars Hill is a community close to Marshall.
- Hot Springs is a town north and west of Marshall.
|Routes through Marshall|
|Knoxville via ← Newport ←||N S||→ Weaverville → Asheville|
|Knoxville ← Newport ←||W E||→ Weaverville → Asheville|