"One of America's best preserved Victorian towns" Marshall by SilverVelvet

Marshall Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 57 photos

About three hours east of Chicago or two hours west of Detroit, there is a special little gem that is one of America's best preserved small towns from the Victorian era. The railroads were the backbone of the town's wealth and its secret status as a well known stop on the underground railroad held a special place in the town's heart.

In addition, the people were so confident that Marshall would become the state capital that they built the governor's mansion before the election. Imagine their surprise when they lost by one vote. Today, the mansion is one of nearly 150 beautifully preserved homes and public buildings. Welcome to Marshall, Michigan.


* Discovering Victorian Marshall
* Gardening festival, a floral photo feast
* Historic homes
* Tranquil charm around town

(If you enjoy historic American towns such as Marshall, visit DaKat's "Natchez" page to discover one of the most beautifully preserved anti-bellum towns in the Old South)

  • Last visit to Marshall: Jul 2002
  • Intro Updated Dec 2, 2002
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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2003 at 10:58 AM

    A Victorian oasis in the mid-west. I would go just for the horseradish spread!

  • Leipzig's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2003 at 5:14 AM

    What a lovely place! Great photos and information!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2002 at 4:56 PM

    Wow, it's really fantastic off the beaten path! Hope to visit it personally someday :-)) And amazing pics in trvgs - Garden festival especially, are you a professional photographer?

  • frankcanfly's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2002 at 6:21 AM

    I'm just returning to this page to see the town again, virtually. I hope to visit for real sometime.....


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