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A charming Michigan town and recipient of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Marshall boasts homes and businesses that are immaculately restored architectural gems whose styles include Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, and Second Empire. To stroll along the streets here, past the Honolulu House, home to the Marshall Historical Society and a paean to a 19th-century judge's passion for the tropics, toward the National House, an old stagecoach inn dating back to the 1840s and now a thriving bed-and-breakfast, is to appreciate the homage to the past that has kept this jewel of a town a major travel destination for those who honor history. History comes alive to those dining at Winn Schuler's, the oldest restaurant in the state and a mainstay in downtown Marshall since the beginning of the 20th century. In Marshall, it is easy to step back in time and enjoy all that life had to offer to travelers of a different era.
About the Author
Susan Collins, past president of the Historical Society of Michigan, co-wrote the nomination for Marshall's national historic landmark district, which was granted in 1991. She and her late husband, John Collins, were active in historic preservation at local, state, and national levels. She currently lives in a 19th-century home in historic Marshall. Jane Ammeson is a writer who specializes in travel, personality, and food. She has written several other Arcadia books, including Holiday World and Madison.