Marshall Handmade Market is here Nov 17th & 18th

Marshall Handmade Market

Join us for our tenth annual Handmade Market!

The Marshall Handmade Market will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving at Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC, from 10am to 5pm. The studios are housed in a 1920’s two story brick high school, which is nestled on a little island in the French Broad River. On show day the spacious, sunny auditorium is filled with some of the best makers in the region, and the resident artists open the doors of their classrooms-turned-studios to visitors. We’ll have delicious Thai food from the Bun Intended food truck,sweet and savory pastries from OWL Bakery, a musician or two, and plenty of seating on the generous back deck. Our idyllic island setting, the charming historic high school and fantastic artists all combine to make the Marshall Handmade Market a favorite among holiday markets for locals and visitors.

It’s time for the 11th annual Mermaid Parade in Marshall

It’s that time again!! The 11th Annual Mermaid Parade and Festival takes place all over Downtown Marshall on June 2nd!

Splash Island for the kids and kids at heart with an 18′ water slide, bounce house and inflated slip and slide, Food fundraisers with the Local Boy Scout Troop 521 and the Presbyterian Church! Pirate and Mermaid Story time all on Blannahassett Island, a.k.a.
“The Island” 11 am to 5 pm, Don’t forget your swim suit!

Arts and Crafts Vendor area is across the street from Mad Co Brew House, 12 pm – 7pm with Live Local Music in the vendor area and on the Court House Steps!
If you would like to vend, please message the event for the application!

1st Annual Seafood Competition Cook Off with Local Professionals and Amateur! This is the only ticketed event and we partnered with Beacon of Hope Food Pantry for a canned food drive, so for every can you donate you get $1 off your ticket!! Your ticket is your vote! The public judges this one and that means you! We will have live music, beer and wine for purchase. You can purchase your entrance ticket at the door at 11 am and drop off your cans so you don’t have to carry them around all day! The Cook off is 2 pm- 4pm in the Old Arts Council Building ( 90 S. Main St. next to the Post Office )

We have a shuttle this year provided by Blue Heron Rafting! Park in the designated area at Ingles on 25/70 and get a ride into town!
The shuttle will run from 11 am to 8 pm. Tips appreciated!

The Jewel of The French Broad!! The PARADE!!
6pm Parade Launch!! Anyone can be in the Parade!! If you want to have a float in the parade please let us know by messaging the event! It is an interactive parade and it’s all about water guns this year!! We have um and you have um! There are 3 designated “war zones” which will be marked and prepare to get soaked!!

Stick around after the parade for some After Parties!! Some of the business in town will be hosting bands and performances so check the Downtown Marshall FB page for specific business details!

Don’t forget to Dress Up now AARRRRRRRRR!!!!

Sponsored by The Downtown Marshall Association, The Town of Marshall and The Tourism Development Association.

Here’s a video with highlights from the 2017 Mermaid  Parade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxp3ckUfaBw&feature=youtu.be

Pick your own fresh cut Christmas Tree and stay at the Marshall House

A nip is finally in the air signalling Christmas is not far off. What’s more fun that choosing your own fresh Fraser fir Christmas tree grown right here in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Spend a night or two at the Marshall House Inn and visit our friends at Frosty Mountain Christmas Trees to find your perfect tree. With 60 acres of trees they’ll be glad to help you find and cut  that special tree. Located in northern Madison county  it’s a beautiful drive from the Inn thru the back roads of the county to the farm.

Once you’ve selected your tree come back to the Inn and relax with a cup of Hot chocolate in front of the fire or in your room. We hope to see you soon.

The Marshall Christmas Crawl is coming Friday December 8th

Come on down to Marshall on Friday December 8th at 5 PM for the annual Christmas Crawl filled with Music, Art and Holiday Fun! Merchants will be open late with music and cheer and there’s even an ugly sweater contest.  The Madison County Arts Council Pre Sale will be open with lots of locally made gifts for your loved ones. Santa will be here and there will be carriage rides, weather permitting. 

 

We’ve still got a couple a couple of rooms available, so come to Marshall for a night of fun, dine at one of our fine restaurants and spend a relaxing evening at the Inn. We’ll leave the lights and he fireplace on for you.

The Marshall Handmade Market is coming to the Island on Saturday November 18th

Marshall Handmade Market

The Marshall Handmade Market offers an incredible array of locally made items from pottery, jewelry, cards, botanicals, hand carved spoons, leather goods, paintings, baked goods and much more. 

Come see the what’s for sale at the Market on Saturday November 18th on the island at Marshall High Studios from 10-5. Better yet make a weekend of it and come stay at the Marshall House Inn (we’ve still got some rooms available), visit the market and relax afterwards at one of Marshall’s fine eateries or hangouts. 

Check out the fine group of makers this year at https://www.marshallhandmade.com/

Come make a brick at the Old Jail in Marshall

Josh Copus a local ceramic artist has launched his Brick Factory at the old Marshall Jail which he and several partners have recently purchased from the county.

Adults and kids alike will have a great time learning about how bricks are made and making their own brick which will be fired in Josh’s kiln in the Walnut community and then used when the jail is renovated. Each person making a brick will also receive a ‘Community’ brick to take home.

And the best part is it’s totally free! 

Check out the website at communitybrick.org for times and to learn more about this fun project.

Hiking the Laurel River Trail

Located just minutes from the Marshall House Inn is the Laurel River trail which is one of our favorite hikes. Approx 4 miles long this one way out and back hike was built on an old railroad grade and follows the picturesque Laurel River till it empties into the French Broad River. Great for families, this is an easy level hike with beautiful scenery.

The river offers many spots to cool off in the water or to tube. Be sure to watch for the wildlife including Blue Herons, beavers and maybe even a bear. Spring time brings a bevy of flowering wildflowers making the hike even more colorful.

A little over 3 miles into the hike you’ll see the remnants of Runion which was a logging community long since abandoned. At the end of the trail you’ll reach the point at which the Laurel River empties into the mighty French Broad River. 

You can grab a cold drink, snack or ice cream at the quirky Laurel River store located just up the road from the parking lot. We also enjoy packing a lunch and stopping to eat on a boulder in the river.

Railfans will appreciate the caboose and passenger car that are located to left on the hill at the start of the trail. These cars are standard gauge so have nothing to do with the narrow gauge railroad which once ran here but make a pretty neat getaway.

Directions To the Trail Head

Turn left at the end of the Marshall House Inn drive onto Hill Street, then turn right at the bottom of the hill onto Main Street. Stay on Main St till it ends at Highway 25/70 and turn left. Stay on the highway for approx 9 miles and you’ll see a long gravel parking lot on the left side of the road at the bottom of a hill just prior to a left turn onto NC 208 towards the town of Hot Springs. Park in the lot and the trail head is at the left side of the parking lot.