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Ocean Springs in Jackson County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Marshall Park

 
 
Marshall Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 23, 2018
1. Marshall Park Marker
Inscription.  Marshall Park serves as a charming, picturesque oasis of shade and serenity welcoming you to the main streets of historic Ocean Springs. Planning for the Park began in 1911 as a project of the Ocean Springs Civic Federation. Charles Marshall, Superintendent of the New Orleans and Mobile Division of the L & N Railroad from 1886 to 1917, wrote the Federation in April, 1911 authorizing their stewardship of land west of the L & N Depot for a public park. For the sum of $1 per year, the Federation agreed to create a "show place" for the community. To honor Marshall's active civic involvements the Federation named the new park "Marshall Park". Public use of the Park began in August, 1911 with walking paths, antique seating and water faucets. A sturdy iron fence of railroad boiler tube sections was erected to keep free range livestock from damaging the grounds. A. E. Lee, editor-in-chief of the Ocean Springs News, wrote the Park was "A pretty spot and a credit to the town.. It should be the desire and determination of every loyal citizen to make it still prettier and a place all can point to with pride.

At the center of the Park stands
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the original covered bandstand, where in early years a local brass band gave weekly concerts on summer evenings. Around the late 1920's, the bandstand was relocated to a spot on Old Fort Bayou at the Bayou Inn, now Aunt Jenny's Restaurant. During a critical housing shortage in World War II, the bandstand was rented for $28 per month as home to a young aviator and his family. In 1972, a group of citizens organized to protect Marshall Park. The property was purchased by well-known Ocean Springs citizen Eleanor Bradford Lemon in 1974. In 1989, the old bandstand was donated and relocated to the heart of the Park. The Historic Ocean Springs Association (HOSA) held a fundraiser to rebuild the structure, a "Strike Up the Bandstand" event, and rebuilding soon began. While generously donating the Park to the City of Ocean Springs, in 1998 Mrs. Lemon gave HOSA a 40 year lease for stewardship of Marshall Park. HOSA takes great pride in honoring the trust of Mrs. Lemon and the legacy of Marshall Park. The Historic Ocean Springs Association works to preserve the unique charm and ambience of the historic area which is the heart of the City.
 
Erected by the Historic Ocean Springs Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1911.
 
Location.
Marshall Park Marker and a portion of parking looking easterly. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 23, 2018
2. Marshall Park Marker and a portion of parking looking easterly.
30° 24.921′ N, 88° 49.698′ W. Marker is in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Avenue and Robinson Street, on the right when traveling south. Located north of the Bandstand in the middle of the park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs MS 39564, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ocean Springs Blues (within shouting distance of this marker); Marble Springs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carter-Calloway House (approx. ¼ mile away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center (approx. half a mile away); Ocean Springs World War I Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Ocean Springs (approx. 0.7 miles away); Charnley~Norwood House (Bon Silene) (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocean Springs.
 
Marshall Park Marker next to flagpole and the bandstand on left. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 23, 2018
3. Marshall Park Marker next to flagpole and the bandstand on left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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