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.
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.