Marshall hosts several popular annual events including the autumn home tour in which 10 to 15 of the private homes and buildings are open to the public. This event draws thousands of people each year, but they must all have been in church or something since there was no line at this small home when I snapped this photo. There's a female barbershop quartet singing 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' on the front porch while the hostess waits at the door for visitors and two locals catch up on the local news while walking the dog.
For people who are interested in American history, design or a tranquil escape from the large cities, Marshall makes for a beautiful day or overnight trip.
204 Winston Dr, Marshall, MI 49068
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17252 Sam Hill Dr, Marshall, MI 49068
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17252 SAM HILL DRIVE, Marshall, MI 49068
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About $125 - $140 USD per night. The Rose Hill Inn is one of the historical Victorian homes turned...more
Win Schuler has been a hometown favorite for more than a hundred years. They can accommodate the tour bus crowd (The bus in the photo is from Indiana), but offer a huge dose of hospitality too. They offer lots of American favorites, but their signature recipe is a horseradish cheese dip served with crackers. The dip/spread is now sold in many grocery stores, but this is the restaurant where the dip was created.
Favorite Dish: Famous horseradish spread
Pub inside the Win Schuler restaurant
Being that Marshall is a small town, they roll up the sidewalks after dark and there doesn't seem to be much nightlife. However, the pub inside the Win Schuler is casual and lively.
Dress Code: Casual.
For those who are driving, Marshall is conveniently located just off I-94. I think that there's also a stop for the train and probably a bus.
Being that Marshall is a small town, most of the main sights are within walking distance. The fountain square is the main hub.
Now who says there's no such thing as a bit of Broadway just outside Marshall? The folks at Cornwall's Turkeyville have been featuring a combination dinner theatre package for a long time. It's a local tradition. For the menu, the chefs take their signature dish seriously: Turkey plates, turkey dinners, lo-cal turkey plates, turkey sandwiches, etc. Pardon the pun, but I was pretty stuffed after the dinner, so I didn't stay for the show which was 'Annie Get Your Gun.' Or, visit their 1890s style ice cream parlor (see photo) for a scoop of Turkey Tracks ice cream.
McClain home, 303 N. Marshall Ave., Marshall, MI
Fondest memory: The McClain home, a Queen Anne built in 1887 with Gothic alcove roofs, has a large porch that wraps around the left side of the house. The interior features many antiques, hand-knotted Persian rugs and original oil paintings. During the annual Home Tour, the biggest event of the year, there were a group of singers on the front porch to entertain visitors who waited to enter the house, a lady who sold beeswax candles and a local Girl Scout Troop who sold refreshments.
Favorite thing: Go for a walk to admire the design of the homes. People take great pride in the upkeep of their residences and each is a unique work of art with a special history. Here's a photo of the Larson Home, a Gothic revival home built in 1856. After spending a great deal of time in China, they filled their home and private garden with many Chinese antiques including a large Chinese pavillion in the garden.
Banfield Home, 307 Division St., Marshall, MI
Fondest memory: During the annual home tour, the lines can be very long such as the line in front of the Banfield Home, A Gothic Revival home built in 1880. To avoid long lines, the best time to visit is at the end of the day.