Marshall is located between Weaverville and Hot Springs on the banks of the French Broad River. At an elevation of 1920 feet, Marshall’s appeal is its pastoral landscape and tranquility. Originally called Lapland when Scotch and Irish immigrants first settled it, Marshall was established as the county seat of Madison County and later named after U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall. There are just over 20,00 residents calling Marshall home wit a median price for a home $157,675.
Marshall is on of the rural, mountain towns supported by HandMade in America, a group that sponsors projects to preserve the cultural and historical aspects of small communities in Western North Carolina.
The historic district includes the Madison County Courthouse on Main Street as well as the Marshall Train depot. The train depot is a restored, authentic train station that features local mountain music on Friday nights. In the past decade, many of the historic buildings have been transformed into galleries, studios, coffee shops and apartments.
The Madison County School System has approximately 2,600 students enrolled in four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. The public school system’s goal is to be student focused, providing comprehensive educational experiences in safe environments that equips and empowers students to be responsible citizens. To learn more about the Madison County School System go to: http://www.madison.k12.nc.us/
For a unique looks at the rural landscape of Madison and Buncombe counties, take a drive from Marshall to Asheville via NC 251, otherwise known as the French Broad River Scenic Highway.
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