Appalachian Mural Trail

Historic Marshall Depot Mural
Marshall, NC

Blue Ridge MilePost: 384
Latitude:35.795463, Longitude:-82.680168

 


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

Mural Description

    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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