The City of Marshall, Michigan was previously known for almost becoming the capital of Michigan before the city of Lansing was given that designation. Instead, Marshall is now known for having one of the largest concentrations of registered historic buildings in the entire country. As of today, the count of registered historic buildings within Marshall, MI is close to nine hundred.
Depending on when you visit Marshall, you maybe just in time for some of their biggest celebrations. The Marshall Historic Home Tour is held annually by the Marshall Historical Society the weekend following Labor Day. The tour showcases the city’s rich heritage displayed throughout the city’s architecture. Nearly 20 buildings are on display, offering viewers a glimpse back in time. Another highly anticipated event presented by the Marshall Historical Society is the Christmas Candlelight Walk. Held each winter, classic homes are first decked out in holiday lights followed by guided tours of these magnificently decorated homes. Other historical sites maintained by the historical society include the Capitol City School and Post Office Museum
Magic delights those of any age, and Marshall’s involvement in the world of magic won’t disappoint. On East Michigan Avenue, visitors will find the American Museum of Magic, which houses memorabilia from magicians and shows from all across the world. It is the largest privately held collection of magic related items and displays in the entire world. There are nearly 100,000 items to take in, including equipment used by Harry Houdini himself.
History enthusiasts will want to visit the G.A.R. Hall Civil War Museum built in 1902. The structure originally served as a meeting place for the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal order whose members all served in the American Civil War. It is now the city’s home for artifacts from the Civil War and several other wars, with an emphasis on those veterans who are from the Marshall, MI area.