Settled 1839, became seat of
Harrison County 1842. When Texas seceded from Union in 1861,
city was one of biggest and wealthiest in the state. It
produced saddles, harnesses, clothing, powder and ammunition
for Confederacy. When Vicksburg fell, Marshall became seat of
civil authority west of the Mississippi River, wartime
capital of Missouri and headquarters of Trans-Mississippi
Postal Department. Confederate Monument on courthouse lawn.
Several historic homes offer bed and breakfast. Home of East
Texas Baptist Univ., Texas State Technical College, and Wiley
Starr Family State Historic
Better known as Maplecroft,
the name was given when the house was built in 1870 be James
F. Starr, the son of Dr. James Harper Starr, an early
financer, the Sureon General of the Republic of Texas in
1837, Secretary of the treasury for the Republic , Postmaster
General of the confederacy west of the Mississippi, and (as
if thats not enough) a member of the first board of regents
of the University of Texas. The Starr Family remained Prominant
in Texas' political and economic scene through successive
generations. The construction materials and furnishings of
the home were shipped from New Orelans and reflect the
Italianate style that was very popular at the time.
Shipwrights were imported due to the construction and all the
red heart pine was inspected by a lumber expert. open wed. -
mon. 9am. - 5pm. (sun 1-5pm.) 407 W. Travis Strt. (903)
Wonderland of Lights
Held annually Thanksgiving -
New Year's Day features millions of tiny white lights. This
is one of the largest concerted holiday light shows in the
nation. Hundreds of businesses outline buildings and decorate
windows; entire neighborhoods decorate around central themes;
more than 125,000 lights decorate festival's
"jewel," the historic Courthouse Museum. Visitors
from all 50 states and many forieign countries have attended
the extravaganza. For information, (903)935-7868.
Michelson-Reves Art Museum
Features the work of the late
French Impressionist Leo Michelson whose work is displayed
internationally. Open Tues. - Fri. noon - 5 p.m., Sat. - Sun.
1 - 4 p.m. Closed Mon. and holidays. 216 N. Bolivar St.
Ginocchio National Historic
Three square blocks in the
heart of old downtown centering around the 1896 Ginocchio
Hotel, one of the state's finest examples of Victorian hotel
architecture with magnificent interior woodwork and
decorative details. Early Texas notables lodged and dined
here. Occasionally open. Washington St. at T&P depot.
Another feature of the
historic district is the nearby Allen house, a typical
example of early Texas architecture, circa 1877, with up and
downstairs verandas fronting the full length of the white
frame house. 610 N. Washington St.