Marshall History

Explore the interesting history of Marshall, the county seat of Madison County. Marshall played an important role in the development of the county and most of the historic buildings have been repurposed and are still maintained today. Conveniently located just north of Asheville, Marshall is a fascinating and attractive town that offers something for everyone.

Marshall History

Allanstand Cottage Industries

The business thrived in Madison County, and in 1908 Goodrich relocated Allanstand to downtown Asheville. Eventually, in 1928, the owner founded the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. Find out more

Blannahassett Island

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 was brought across from Blannahassett Island in the 1920s. Find out more

Madison County 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. Find out more

Marshall Chosen as County Seat

The basic facts of the history of Madison County are that it was formed in 1851 from Buncombe and Yancey; it was named for James Madison and its county seat—the town of Marshall—bears the name of the great chief justice, John Marshall. Find out more

Marshall Markers

There are two markers in front of the courthouse which address the history which derives from the Buncombe Turnpike’s influence and commemorates the family responsible for the donation of the land for the County Courthouse–the Vances. The others are a short drive from downtown Marshall. Find out more

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Hiking in Madison County

Check out all the fantastic hikes in Madison County! Whether, you’re looking for a short hike on the Appalachian Trail or scenic hike along the river, you’ll love the many hikes in Madison County. Find out more

Rafting in Madison County

It’s time to make a big splash on your next vacation! Let the cool water of the French Broad River wash away your worries as you embark on your next adventure in these wonderous mountains. Find out more

Festivals in Madison County

Plan your visit around one of the annual festivals in Madison County. Take a peak at our calendar to see what you won’t want to miss! Find out more