Marshall depot Xmas stage drama and music
The railroad depot in Marshall, built in the 1890s along the Southern Railway, served as a depot until the 1970s, when passenger service was discontinued. Fearing its destruction, Madison County native Forrest Jarrett, director of police for Norfolk Southern in the 1980s, started a movement to save the structure. The railroad leased the depot to the city of Marshall for $1 a year, and following renovations, the place became a venue for local events, most famously its Friday night old-time music and dance socials.
Now, yet another cultural celebration has emerged from the historic spot: Tom Godleski’s play, “Snowbound,” which features passengers stranded in the depot overnight on Christmas Eve, 1955, entertaining each other with music and stories. The play runs Friday Dec 16, 7:30; Saturday Dec. 17, 7:30; and Sunday Dec. 11 and 18, 2:30 (visit ashevilletheatre.org; call 254-1320). “One of the stories is from my wife Terri’s childhood,” Godleski says. “When she was a little girl she took the baby Jesus from her grandmother’s nativity scene, and wrapped it in a dishcloth, and slept with it.” Original and traditional tunes will be performed by members of the bands, the Sons of Ralph and Buncombe Turnpike.