The town of Marshville has a colorful and rich history starting in the mid 18th century when western europeans and settlers from Pennsylvania decided to begin their lives in a valley they called "Beaver Dam". Nearly a century later, the civil war left Beaver Dam with a difficult road ahead. Like many other towns in the south, Beaver Dam faced many years of struggle and hardship as farmers in the reconstruction era worked to survive. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Central Carolina Railroad company came to a town officially known as Griffinsville, but still colloquially known as Beaver Dam. Alongside the railroad company, the Marsh family ushered in an era of economic growth and development with their donations of land for many entrepreneurs and towns people. Mr. and Mrs. J.W Marsh donated land for churches, a town hall, an educational institution, a cemetery, and many local businesses such as J.W Hasty's Sales and Livery Barn, M.K Lee's Mercantile, and Harrell Bros. and Co. The town would eventually become chartered under the name "Marshville", quite fitting in remembrance of the towns long time beneficiary and friend. If you'd like to learn more about the Town Of Marshville, please click here
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In the early 1900's Union street was the hub of industry for cotton farmers and other agricultural industrialists
Randy Travis born Randy Traywick in Marshville 1959, is a succcessful multi platinum selling artist. Travis has sold over 25 Million records, has 22 number one hits, and has won over 30 awards throughout his career.
For many years, Marshville elementary school has served as a beacon for those who love to learn.
In 1984 Steven Spielberg began shooting the film "The Color Purple" in Marshville, NC. Filming took place at the Marshville Hotel. The filming location would later become a local landmark due to the films success.