AMT @ Marshall, NC

Historic Marshall Depot Mural
Marshall, NC

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 384

  Mural Artist: Katie Lillard
Trail Member/Sponsor: The Marshall Depot

Mural Descriptions

    The Historic Marshall Depot mural depicts some of the folks responsible for saving the Depot from destruction and creating a successful community music stage and dance venue. The building is the original Southern Railroad Depot for the town of Marshall and served as the depot until the 1970's when passenger service was discontinued.

    Mr. Forrest Jarrett, retired Norfolk Southern's Chief Law Enforcement Officer, is responsible for saving the old depot. Hearing that the depot was facing destruction, Mr. Jarrett's mother called him and ordered him to call his railroad buddies and tell them not to destroy our depot. She said, "Why son, that is where your daddy boarded the train to come to Hot Springs to court me." Mr. Jarrett was able to secure a lease agreement between the railroad and the town of Marshall, NC for the old depot for $1 a year. At the age of 90, Mr. Jarrett still comes to the Depot every Friday night to welcome folks and sell 50/50 tickets. The Depot is staffed by volunteers who adhere to Mr. Jarrett's motto "We Love Everybody." There is no admission fee making The Depot accessible to everyone. Four or five local bands are scheduled every Friday night, affordable refreshments are available. Bring your dancing shoes, get a hot dog and join in on an old-fashioned cakewalk. Mr. Jarrett will be on hand to tell you how proud he is to see you.

    Honored on the mural along with Mr. Jarrett are:
    AJ Bridges an icon in Marshall, NC. He was a staple at The Marshall Depot for years and is believed to have danced with more women than Fred Astaire! AJ represents the many dancers from one year-olds to age 94 year-olds that have graced the dance floor over the years.

    Everett Barnett is known as the Flower Man. The flower garden at The Depot is named for Everett and honors his many hours making the Depot Garden a reality.

    Jerry Adams was a well know musician, singer and advocate of Traditional Old Time Music. Jerry was instrumental in putting the Depot on the map as the place to perform. He represents hundreds of musicians who have played The Depot stage.

    Betty Pressley runs The Depot cake walks. Every Friday night Betty directs a cake walk every 30 minutes. Betty represents the endless number of volunteers that have worked years keeping The Depot going.

Artists Bio

     Kate Gower designed the mural. She is a graphic designer residing in the Walnut community of Madison County and started her business, Farmhouse Graphics, in 2011.

     Katie Lillard is the artist that painted the mural. She is a visual artist that has practiced in many different mediums. She studied figurative painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and continues her concentration in academic portraiture to this day. Her love of oil painting keeps her closely tied to a traditional aesthetic that she enjoys fusing with contemporary art trends. She has another local mural in Weaverville, NC at the Stoney Knob Cafe.

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    comment by: Gloria
Love, love, love ❤ all the art we saw and experienced while in Asheville!!Laura

    comment by: Lois
Brilliant way to allow visitors to enjoy the sites and sounds that Asheville has to offer.

    comment by: Rebecca&Susan
We just loved all of the murals in Asheville! Asheville is a fun vibrant interesting town!

    comment by: Catherine Wilson
    (Asheville, NC)

As a member of Carolina Street Mural group, I learned about The Appalachian Mural Trail! After reviewing your web page. I planned my road trips to locate the trail murals, reflect on them and photograph memories of my trip!

    comment by: Tammy Compton
    (Fort Myers, Florida)

Love it! We went looking to take selfies with 3 and found over 20 murals!

    comment by: Angie Trapp
    (Concord, NC)

Beautiful mural in Sparta, one of my favorite places! 😊❤️

    comment by: Debra
    (Falls Church City, VA)

Thanks for letting me know! What a great project!
It added cool stops to my visit and I love seeing art and the artist was around that day to meet.

    comment by: Cristy (Mountain City, TN)
We have been getting much more traffic around our murals, and a lot of it is due to the publicity from your organization!
Thank you!
We will unveil our newest (and largest) mural on September 4th.

    comment by: Cindy Hedrick Day
It's beautiful! Thank you!!!!
Awesome! You made my day! Love love love it!.
I saw the email re the Mural Trail special in process of being made. Can't wait to see it. We are working to finish our projects, exhibit changes, etc. Who knew it would take so long! But, it's soon finished!!!
Looking forward to seeing this!
Thank you again!!!

    comment by: Marcie Toomey
This is our second visit to Holy Trinity.. we always leave blessed and humbled ❤️

    comment by: Chelsea
Thank you so much for the quick response! I received my shirt and thoroughly enjoyed the trail! Thank you for all of the hard work put into this project!

    comment by: Debbie Dillion
Just came across your website and it is great! I plan to look for these murals in my travels. A phone app would be awesome.

    comment by: Carol
Lincolnton, NC, is loaded with murals! And I love them all!

    comment by: Barry & Cindy Beaulieu
we got to see the Fresco in W. Jefferson NC and is amazing ... we were on our two wheeler the Voyager... nature declares there is a God... everywhere you look... thanking ya'll so very very much...

    comment by: Vickie Sealock
    (Welcome Center Manager)

I love what you folks are doing. Several years ago we went to Exeter California to see their Mural trail. We spent hours in this little town looking at the murals and trying to find the hidden objects in each. We talked with the towns people, had lunch, shopped in the shops. I love the mural trails, and yours is going to be one of the best. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

    comment by: Liz
Art is everywhere in Asheville! This gorgeous mural of Dolly Parton by Gus Cutty is the newest mural you'll see in town. Gus created the mural with spray paint in 3 days. See it for yourself at Beauty Parade on Haywood Rd in West Asheville.

    comment by: Karen
Roanoke murals are awesome to see... love the mural with girl floating in air... the poetry one was neat!

    comment by: Big Tom
This is great mural art, will be remembered a long time...

    comment by: Bob
This is very expansive mural, covers many walls inside the cradle building. Beautiful art mural, a must see!

    comment by: Dolly
Love the big murals!!!

    comment by: Lisa Patten
I love the mural trail. It's like seeing a gift at Christmas!

    comment by: Ann Barbare
Beautiful mural of Maggie Valley

    comment by: Jennifer
Love your mural artwork! The local references, the depiction of marvelous, beautiful, and colorful nature - landscapes, birds, animals, butterflies, and glorious flowers - invites close study and is very engaging!

    comment by: Carol
Looks like progress being made! Can't wait to see the mural at Joeys.

    comment by: anonymous
Can't wait to see this beautiful mural art in person at Joey's Pancake House

    comment by: Amy
I love your little sneak-a-peek view. Need more...

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