Marshall Hall Memories
Hi, (I'm the one on the left!)
Many of you have written to me and told me your memories of Marshall Hall and much fun you had there had as a child, or riding the Wilson Line on dates as a young adult. I have enjoyed reading your e-mail and hope it will continue. I will include your interesting stories here. I'm praying Marshall Hall will survive the millennium, and that Washingtonians will not forget their heritage and historic sites. I will be adding new historical and genealogical information on the Marshall family as my research progresses.
Subject: Marshall Family
Date: Wed, Feb 4 23:47:04 1998
Dear Peggy Marshall,
My name is Richard Marshall Palmer, and my mother is Catherine Marshall Palmer. Her gr-grandfather was George R.H. Marshall born at Marshall Hall. Mom was born on the farm he built in Brandywine, Md. known as Norwood. We have been working on the family history and I just stumbled on the MH home page. It is nice to know I'm not the only one to find the other story and actual history of the place. Her brother John Marshall lives in Crystal City Va. and is retired from the FBI. Mom lives in Bradenton Fl and also retired. My grandmother was also a Marshall and I found her to be descended from William Marshall III. It would really be nice to meet you and talk with you. I live in Annapolis and not yet retired.I know my mom would also like to meet you. She had read something about you and Marshall Hall a few years back before leaving Md. and had written you but never heard back. We think you may not have gotten it. I understand you are descended from Thomas H. Marshall V. I'm hoping to hear from you.
Richard M. Palmer
Organization: Orange County Superior Court
Subject: Marshall Hall
Date: Fri, Jun 5 21:14:01 1998
I'm Ron Kline. I am a Superior Court judge in Orange County California. I was born in Washington D.C. in 1940 and spent til 1949 in Takoma Park. We lived at what is now 1302 Erskine Street. I have fond memories of Marshall Hall Amusement Park...bumper cars, and other highlights. We used to take the boat down the river ....the last time I can remember was a third grade trip we took in 1949 before summer. I think it was a paddle-wheel boat. Any chance you have any pictures taken back then? Sometimes I'm sure I confuse what I remember about Marshall Hall, with Glen Echo Amusement Park. I have an old photo taken right outside Glen Echo but nothing of Marshall Hall. None of the photo shops in D.C., when I am there, seem to have anything. Would you know where I might find some next time I'm in D.C.??
From: "Debi Remer" <email@example.com>
Subject: Marshall Hall
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 13:06:51 -0400
What a great site! I'd like to send it to my DC list if that's okay! I'd also like to add a link at my site. Seeing the pictures brought back some memories of my childhood. Thanks.
From: Eleanor Lewis <Eleanor6@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: Marshall Hall photos
Date: Fri, 04 Sep 1998 18:43:36 -0600
Hello, my name is Eleanor Lewis and I visited Marshall Hall many times during the 40's and 50's. My great great uncle Frederick Posey was Capt of the boat that piloted the boat going to Marshall Hall, and after him my great uncle Ayrlie was co-captain of the same line.
My grandfather, Joseph Wheeler, ran the Merry Go Round after his retirment from the Govt.
My question is how do I secure pictures of the Roller Coaster, Merry Go Round, picnic area, and docking area showing the boat docked? Very much appreciate any information. If you can email me at Eleanor@kktv.com, I would greatly appreciate it.
Subject: Marshall Hall site
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 15:58:32 -0700
Thank you so much Peggy for that wonderful site.
I have spent most of the afternoon in a very enjoyable pursuit of your well organized and highly interesting presentation of this important part of our nation's history.
It shows a great deal of work on your part. The pictures are beautiful and clear. The text is enlightening, even moving. The organization is so well planned, it is a joy to follow. I am curious about one thing however, why is she spreading shaving foam on the tombstone?
While visiting the Longstreet site in Gainesville, GA, I ran across your comment on their visitors' page. Being a descendant of Thomas Marshall, through the Dents and Longstreets, your invitation caught my eye.
Thank you so much for making it available. To help make it better known, a link to it will be put on our family website and mention made in our newsletter.
Subject: Marshall Hall
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 20:48:36 EDT
Hi Peggy. I'm not sure if you remember me but I lived in the house right outside of Marshall Hall. My name is Tina Bladen, daughter of Joseph Bladen.
I think this is wonderful. I can now go back and relive my childhood. If I can be of any assistance to you in letting people know of the history, please do not hesitate to email me.
Subject: (no subject)
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 09:37:56 EDT
I just wanted you to know I really enjoyed the article on Marshall Hall and the photos. It has been a long time since visiting Marshall Hall. I was raised there. My grandfather, grandmother, father and I worked at the park with Mrs. Addison. I am Mary (Buddy's girl). Please tell your mom for us, here in Florida, Buddy, Dot, and Mary said hello and hope everything is going good with her.
Subject: (no subject)
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 10:13:41 EDT
Hello, I received your mail today. My name is Mary Vickers. When I wrote you I had you confused with Peggy Addison. The daughter of Margaret Addison, who ran Marshall Hall Amusement Park. My maiden name is Bladen. I am Joseph Bladen's oldest daughter. Tina Bladen is my sister. We were raised in the Park. My grandfather and grandmother, Pete Bladen and Mary Bladen, both worked in the park. In fact they lived inside the park when I was small. Then they moved to the big white house right outside of the park. When my grandfather died, we moved in the house. I really enjoyed being raised there.
I can remember every 4th of July going to my grandparent's house (big white house) and watching fireworks at the park. My whole family worked there. I even worked in the park when I was 15. Not many kids has the opportunity to be raised inside of an amusement park. I consider myself very lucky. I will try to jot down some of my recollections of Marshall Hall and send them to you.
From: "marpar" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Web site.
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 1998 16:02:35 -0400
What a wonderful story of Marshall Hall. As a boy around 1940 my father was in charge of Bellvue Naval magazine - we lived in the large red house at Bellvue between NRL and Bolling . Many an evening, I can recall watching the steamers go past down the river and I can recall going to the Hall. Thank you for wonderful stories.
Subject: Marshall Hall Memories
Date: 15 Oct 1998 05:28:10 -0700
Good morning Peggy,
Have not received anything, but found a couple of photographs in old books that I am sending. I did too much heavy lifting and my right hand & arm hurt, so trying to stay off computer for awhile.
I will write up something later about my great great uncle, Frederick Posey who was Captain of the boat that traveled the Potomac and went to Marshall Hall, along with my great uncle Ayrlie Posey who did the same thing several years later in the 30's & 40's.
Hope you like the pictures.
Subject: Re: Wheeler Connection
Date: 20 Oct 1998 10:51:58 -0700
Good morning Peggy,
Some of my happiest memories were the great expectation of being docked at Mt. Vernon and seeing Marshall Hall across the river.
I remember the family cemetery and my church family always telling me it was a place of great respect. Each year it was a great adventure for our church to board the boat and venture down the Potomac. Always great feasts and wholesome family fun.
I am swamped with photographs all around me to scan. I have a newspaper clipping of my great great uncle Frederick Posey at the helm when the boat was grounded in the Potomac on a sand bar. I have to find it and send it to you. There was no date on the clipping but would have been in the 20's or 30's.
Take care and have a good day,
Subject: New Photos - Marshall Hall
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 19:42:11 -0500
Thanks for the update on the web page.
I remember riding George Washington, and later Mt. Vernon (or is it the other way) twice to Marshall Hall and several times to Mt. Vernon. I remember seeing the (boat that sank in 1963) tied up at the pier at Marshall Hall in 1964. It eventually was sent to Piney Point and used as the Charles W. Zimmerman. I believe the boat has since been moved elsewhere as a restaurant.
Marshall Hall memories: The yellow jackets in the picnic grounds! The miniature train ride, and the caterpillar ride that had a canvas cover that came up over you as it went around. My dad and I got the swinging cages going pretty high, too.
From: John J. Reilly <email@example.com>
Subject: Wilson Line Cruise
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 11:00:31 -0500
My memories of Marshall Hall began in 1935. It was the thing to do - take the Moonlight Cruise on the Wilson Line at least once every two weeks all season. We had about an hour stop over at Marshall Hall before returning to Washington. The top deck was for "smooching"!; the next for dancing - always a live orchestra. Of course, at that age our thoughts were on "boys" and not on history!
The Wilson Line ran a program aimed at organizations who wanted to make a little money. For instance, our Job's Daughter Bethel in McLean and the DeMolay had a night on the Wilson Line in which we got a percent of ALL tickets sold, including those at the gate. Naturally, we went to all of the Job's Daughter and DeMolay nights throughout the summer. It was a good money maker.