Marshall Texas: “Pottery Capital”

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Historic Harrison County Courthouse in Marshall Texas

Marshall Texas is a city in and the county seat of Harrison County. Marshall.

Marshall Texas was a political and production center of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Later it was a major railroad center of the T&P Railroad from the late 19th century until the mid-20th century. The city’s large African American population and the presence of black institutions of higher learning made Marshall a center of the civil rights movement in the American South. The city is known for holding one of the largest light festivals in the United States, the Wonderland of Lights, and, as the self-proclaimed Pottery Capital of the World, for its sizable pottery industry.

Marshall is also referred to by various nicknames; the Cultural Capital of East Texas,[ the Gateway of Texas, the Athens of Texas, the City of Seven Flags and Center Stage, a branding slogan adopted by the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Marshall Texas Attractions:

Ginocchio National Historic District…Three blocks in old downtown surround the 1896 Ginocchio Hotel. Located at 800 N. Washington.

Harrison County Courthouse…The Old Harrison County Courthouse built 1900 is located in the center of Whetstone Square in Marshall, Texas and is one of the most famous and admired buildings in Texas. It is the signature landmark of Marshall and is frequently used to represent East Texas in travel literature. The Old Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From 1964 until 2000 the building housed the Harrison County Historical Museum. The building is noted as being the location of the first sit-ins in Texas. Harrison County has had  five courthouses: 1839, 1848, 1889, 1900 and 1964.

Harrison County Historical Museum…This museum features the history of Marshall and Harrison County.  Located in the 1901 Harrison County Courthouse.

Brandy Branch Reservoir…This cooling reservoir includes a boat ram ad limited bank fishing. Located between Marshall and Longview on FM 3251.

Marshall Deport and Museum..This museum features exhibits showcasing railroad memorabilia and city artifacts.  Learn the history of the Texas and Pacific Railroad.  Located at 800 N. Washington St.

Marshall Pottery and Museum…This museum features the history of the facility and a presentation of the process.  Enjoy demonstrations of pottery making and firing.Located at 4901 Elysian Fields Road

Michelson Art Museum…This museum features the work of the late Russian American post impressionist Leo Michelson  The museum also displays early 20th century artists and a collection of rare African masks. Located at 216 N. Bolivar St.  Admission charge.

Starr Family Home State Historic Site…This home tells the story of the Starr Family and their important role in the settlement of Texas after the Civil War.  Located at 407 W. Travis St.  Admission Charge.

Marshall  Texas Events: 

Fire Ant Festival in October

Wonderland of Lights held from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

Marshall Texas Recommended Restaurants:

Cajun Tex…Casual Cajun choice also offers burgers & steaks, plus live music nights in a laid–back space. Located at 104 W Grand Ave.

The Blue Frog Grill…Homemade food that everyone enjoys.  Located at 303 N Columbus St.

Cafe Italia…Fresh Italian food with the BYOB option.  Located at 5555 E End Blvd S.

When visiting Marshall nearby attractions include Jefferson, Longview, Waskom, Uncertain, Tatum and Carthage.

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