The mission of the Marshville Museum and Cultural Center is to present a factual account of the origin, development, and growth of the Town Of Marshville and the surrounding communities. This may be accomplished by displays, projects of preservation, restoration and acceptance of gifts, donations of money and gifts in kind that meet the mission statement.

Free Admission, but donations are welcome!


Hours of Operation
Friday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 1pm-4pm
Monday-Thursday By Appointment

From Beaver Dam to Marshville

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


We have Genealogy, Family, Religion, Art and Music, Medical, Education, and Agriculture exhibits available

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A lot of people and organizations play a role in our success. To see who makes this possible, please click below.

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Individualized tours for all who desire them. Come see the rich history of Marshville.

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Upcoming Events

With new and exciting events coming up throughout the year, stay informed with our new calendar by clicking below.

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Union Street -1910

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