When coming to the Marshall area, roam freely and discover a land of rich history and world-class attractions that will make your stay one that will never be forgotten. Marshall will entice you, whether it be learning about the region’s rich historical background, visiting our art galleries, going on a journey through miles of vineyards, or delighting in the magic of family-friendly festivals.
TRIP #5: Family Fun
Day One: Culture for Kids
Museums are fun, low cost entertainment. Marshall's three museums each have hands-on activities for children.
Texas and Pacific Railway Museum
Location: 800 N Washington Ave in the Ginocchio Historic District Downtown Marshall
Children love trains. Enter the depot through the underground tunnel. Visit the restored caboose. See the trains roll by from the observation deck of this working train station, ring the train bell and run the model train in the museum, shop the train-related toys at the gift shop. Activity area for children with videos, books on trains. Learn and experience the history of the T&P Railroad, the men who built and operated it and the influence the railroads had and continue to exert on the development of Texas and its people. Admission: $2 for adults; $1 for students ages 5-20. Open Tue-Sat 10-4. 903-938-9495. Time: 1-1.5 hours
Lunch - Enjoy a local restaurant. Remember summers with root beer floats, double chocolate malts and marshmallow sundaes? These and more available at several local eateries. Harrison County Historical Museum Location: 707 N Washington in the Ginocchio Historic District Downtown Marshall
'Hands On History' activities for children of all ages. Children love the Caddo Indian collection and antique toys. Civil War memorabilia and mementos from famous citizens of Harrison County, including Lady Bird Johnson, George Foreman, Bill Moyers, Y.A. Tittle and James Farmer. Admission: $1 Admission for everyone 6 and above. Tue-Sat 10-4. 903-938-2680. Time: 1-1.5 hours
Michelson Museum of Art
Location: 216 N Bolivar Historic Downtown Marshall
One block from the courthouse square. The David Weisman Hirsch Discovery Room provides hands-on activities for children. They experience the fun of making their own art. See the museum's permanent collection of the work of Leo Michelson and traveling exhibits. No admission charge Tuesday - Friday 12 - 5 Saturday - Sunday 1 - 4 903-935-9480. Dine with local flare at one of our unique locally owned restaurants or one of Marshall's regional/national chains.
Check the Events Calendar for festivals, plays, live music venues and other fun ways to spend your evening in Marshall. First run movies $3 children, $4.50 adults. Please verify opening days and times so you won't be disappointed.
Day Two: Back to Nature
Pack a picnic lunch and head out to Caddo Lake State Park for the day. Fish from the pier; hike the nature trails; rent a canoe. Daily admission charge: $2 adults, $1 seniors, No charge for children (under 12)
Day Three: Affordable Family Golf
Families can afford to play golf at Marshall's nine-hole municipal golf course. Daily rate/per person: Weekdays $10, Weekends & holidays $12. Cart Rental: 9 holes $6, 18 holes $10
Spend the evening roller skating at the Skating Rink or a family challenge bowling match at the bowling alley. Check the Check the Events Calendar for festivals, plays, live music venues and other fun ways to spend your evening in Marshall.
Day Four: Shopping for Adults/Movies for the Kids
Send the kids to a matinee at the movies. Shop Marshall's outlet pottery stores, historic downtown and other great local shops. (See Things to Do/Itineraries/Outlet Shopping at www.texastreasure.info). First run movies $3 children.
If your children enjoy art - check out the Art Summer Day Camp at the Marshall Visual Art Center. Kids spend the day at art camp - parents are free to roam. For more information call the Marshall Visual Art Center 903-938-9860.
Ride Amtrak to Marshall for a fun, unique vacation experience. For ticket information go to www.amtrak.com Public transportation in Marshall is limited, we suggest Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 903-935-0499 or National Car Rental at 903-938-5115.
- On February 14, 1854, the first telegraph office in Texas was opened in Marshall with connections to Shreveport, Alexandria and New Orleans.
- Constructed in 1898, the Weisman Building served as the department store of Joe Weisman & Company and was the first department store in Texas.
- With the installation of a single light bulb at the Texas and Pacific Depot, Marshall became the first city in Texas to have electricity.
- The city’s most prominent industry, pottery manufacturing, began with the establishment of Marshall Pottery
- Marshall is closer to the capitals of Arkansas (Little Rock 190 miles), Louisiana (Baton Rouge 239 miles), and Mississippi (Jackson 243 miles) than it is to the capital of Texas (Austin, 253 miles).
- Three major civil rights leaders were educated in Marshall. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and later Jesse Jackson attended Bishop College
while James L. Farmer Jr. went to Wiley College.
- Each school year, there are approximately three thousand college students in Marshall attending East Texas Baptist University, Wiley College, Texas State Technical College and Panola College.
- Marshall was one of ten cities designated an All American City in 1976 by the National Civic League.
- Marshall is officially the sister city of Taipei, Taiwan.
- Historians have known since the 1930’s that Boogie Woogie piano originated in the piney woods of northeast Texas. Research shows that the music emerged in the 1870’s in close proximity to the T&P Railroad, headquartered in Marshall, Texas. Marshall now has a Boogie Woogie Artist-in-Residence, Omar Sharriff, formerly known as Dave Alexander, and Marshall is recognized as The Birthplace of Boogie Woogie™.
- The city is known for producing one of the largest light festivals in the U.S. In fact, Wonderland of Lights has become such a part of the cityscape that the lighted dome of the 1901 historic Harrison County Courthouse has become the most recognizable symbol of the city.
St. Rose Vineyard & Winery
St. Rose Vineyard & Winery is a boutique winery located in Pittsburg, Texas. This country winery specializes in muscadine and fruit wines. The soil and climate of East Texas are ideal for this native grape, which has been identified as one of nature’s most healthful foods. The muscadine grape and wine are very aromatic and possess a very fruity taste. Enjoy our unique tasting room which has been transformed from a 100-year-old sweet potato smokehouse, 2170 County Road 4110 in Pittsburg, (903) 856-2067.
Each St. Patrick’s Day weekend, this fun event celebrating Harrison County’s Irish heritage features Celtic musicians and traditional Irish fare. The festivities take place in downtown Marshall and at the Weisman Center, 211 North Washington Avenue, (903) 935-8417.
TRIP #5: On the Museum Trail
Day One: Check into accommodations
Michelson Museum of Art
Location: Historic Downtown Marshall
One block from the courthouse square. Tall arched windows allow light to flood the reception area where a volunteer guides you to the first gallery to see the museum's permanent collection of the work of Leo Michelson then on to traveling exhibits.
For Children The David Weisman Hirsch Discovery Room provides hands-on activities for children. They experience the fun of making their own art. No admission. Open Tue - Fri 12 - 5 Sat - Sun 1 - 4 903-935-9480. Dine with local flare at one of our unique locally owned restaurants or one of Marshall's regional/national chains.
Leisure Time - Shop unique local stores in historic downtown, enjoy a latte in coffee cafes and find bargains at our pottery or antique outlets.
Evening - Check the Events Calendar for plays, live music venues and other fun ways to spend your evening in Marshall.
Day Two: Continental breakfast at accommodations or seek out a "home cooked" breakfast at a local diner.
Texas and Pacific Railway Museum
Location: Ginocchio Historic District
Learn and experience the history of the T&P Railroad, the men who built and operated it and the influence the railroads had and continue to exert on the development of Texas and its people. For Children See the trains roll by from the observation deck of this working train station, shop the train-related toys at the gift shop, ring the train bell. Admission: $2 for adults $1 for students ages 5-20. Open Tue-Sat 10-4. 903-938-9495.
Harrison County Historical Museum Location: Ginocchio Historic District Extensive collection of Caddo Indian artifacts, antique toys, Civil War memorabilia and mementos from famous citizens of Harrison County, including Lady Bird Johnson, George Foreman, Bill Moyers, Y.A. Tittle and James Farmer. For Children: A "Hands On" history room contains activities for children of all ages. Admission: $1 Admission for everyone aged 6 and above. Tue-Sat 10-4. 903-938-2680.
Leisure Time - Stroll historic courthouse square and North Washington Street. See "Take a Walk Through History in Downtown Marshall" self-guided tour under "Featured Things to Do".
Dine with local flare at one of our unique locally owned restaurants or one of Marshall's regional/national chains.
Entertainment - Check the Events Calendar for festivals, plays, live music venues and other fun ways to spend your evening in Marshall.
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