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The former jail, started in 1903 and completed in 1905, sits in the center of historic Marshall beside the railroad tracks and the French Broad River. 

The former jail, started in 1903 and completed in 1905, sits in the center of historic Marshall beside the railroad tracks and the French Broad River. 

 
 

A  storied history

Completed in 1905 and operated as a jail continuously until 2012, the Old Marshall Jail was and remains a centerpiece of the small Appalachain town. Everyone has a story about the jail, for better or for worse, and much of the lore centers around charismatic lawman Elymus Yates Ponder, who ran the jail and served as sheriff of Madison County for 36 years. 

honoring the past, looking to the future

Madison County sold the jail to a local group in 2016. The four members -- an artist, a lawyer, a contractor and a realtor -- are planning a renovation that will preserve the history of the building while adapting it for a new life. The bars will remain, but no one will be locked behind them. Instead, the 5,000-square-foot space will become a creative blend of residential, commercial and makers spaces.

serving the town in new and different ways

The goal is to bring a lively mix of tenants to the heart of Marshall, a stronghold of Appalachian history that is poised for growth and activity.

A community endeavour

The jail has always served the people of Marshall, and that's not going to change. Get in touch and share your stories about the jail. Suggest a use. Pitch a business. To connect, click here.