Just 10 miles north of Duncan, you'll find the charming community full of wild, western history called Marlow. Marlow folks are famous for their dedication to preserving the outlaw history of the town. When in Marlow, you can't miss their unique dining, such as Guiseppe's Fine Italian Dining located in the historic 1911 State National Bank Building. Guiseppe's was even featured in our Flavors of Chickasaw Country video series- check it out!
What to Do
Marlow offers a multitude of outdoor attractions for visitors to enjoy from parks and trails to golf courses and lakes. Taylor Lake, located 9 miles outside of town, has 227 surface acres and seven miles of shoreline for swimming, boating and fishing as well as numerous cabins and RV sites for camping.
RedBud Park is a favorite recreational area for locals and tourists alike. Expanding ten city blocks, the park features a performance stage, a community center, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, a splash pad, as well as the following:
- Marlow Outlaw Centennial Monument - A historical granite stone that tells the story of the Marlow brothers
- The Outlaw Cave – The original homestead of the Marlow family located on the banks of Wildhorse Creek
- RedBud Chapel – The first Catholic Church built in 1904, and a popular venue for wedding ceremonies
- The Hideout – A 13,000 square foot state-of-the-art Western-style playground
- Creekwalk – A half-mile walking trail with historical displays, decorative lighting and vibrant landscaping
To taste the flavors of Oklahoma wine, visit Cotton Blossom Winery. They offer free wine tastings from their 16 varieties of wine! The Owners Ryan and Meagan Bellow specialize in small-batch, hand-crafted wine that is made right there on-site!
Golf guys & gals - grab those clubs and make your way to Generations Golf Course! Play a round of golf at the beautiful and challenging Course. This 18-hole public course offers the perfect spot for a great day of play.
If the artistic side is ready to jump into learning a new skill, visit Missing Bristle Pottery Studio. Choose from a variety of pottery options, decide on the design of your choice and create your own pottery masterpiece. Want to bring a group? Missing Bristle offers Paint Your Own Pottery (PYOP) classes perfect for adults and kids.
Strolling down Main Street, shoppers will find several attractive storefronts, antique shops and other specialty boutiques to explore. Be sure to stop and shop in The Whisper Trading Co., a snazzy southern boutique featuring bookoos of colorful clothing and western wear or Broadway and Main for the most on-trend clothing, shoes, and accessories. If you’re shopping for small fries, Baby Glam & Mama Too are unique kid-centric shops offering the latest for trendy tots as well as handcrafted clothing and accessories. For classic collectors, the Marlow Mercantile is a must with shelves upon shelves of cherished antique items and collectibles.
Where to Eat
The restaurants in Marlow serve up a flavorful array of multicultural cuisine. Giuseppe’s Fine Italian Dining is pretty much like 'Little Italy meets Down South, USA.' Located in the historic 1911 State National Bank building, Guiseppe’s offers a rustic, red brick dining atmosphere in an elegant candlelit setting. The menu boasts authentic Italian bakes along with classic dishes like eggplant parmigiana, lasagna and manicotti. Other items featured on the menu are specialty pizzas, Italian wines and decadent dessert dishes - sure to leave any sweet tooth floating in dolce heaven. Other delicious options are Big Belly Deli or El Campesino Mexican Restaurant for traditional Tex-Mex fans. In the breakfast category, try Brothers Barista. This quaint coffee shop is located inside Guiseppe's and carries hot and cold coffees as well as fresh-baked desserts.
Marlow was first settled in the mid-1880s by old-west pioneers. The famous Chisholm Trail once crossed through Marlow bringing the founding settlers into the area. Stampeding soon became popular here, hence why the town became known as Outlaw Country. Marlow has quite an extraordinary history, centered around one set of brothers in particular – the Marlows!
When the area was first being settled, the Marlow family came here and found a home on Wildhorse Creek, about a mile out from the Chisholm Trail. They brought with them their five sons: Alfred, George, Charlie, Lewellyn and Boone, who all worked for a large cattle outfit there. At one point, the brothers were unjustly accused of horse thievery and four of them were arrested in 1888 by U.S. deputy marshals, despite a lack of evidence for any wrongdoing. The brothers were later relocated to a prison in Graham, Texas. While being transported to trial on a cold, dark night in January of 1889, they were ambushed by a mob and the brothers, seemingly weaponless, defiantly fought back. At the end of the scuffle, thirteen men lay dead and wounded on the road. Two of the brothers, Alfred and Lewellyn, were killed in the attack while the other two, George and Charles, escaped after cutting off the feet of their dead brothers, to whom they had been chained for the ride. The brothers were subsequently exonerated for defending their lives against the brutal lynching. Although the family had already moved from the area when the incident occurred, they continue to be immortalized by the community of Marlow and beyond through song, poetry, book and film.
Visiting Marlow is a real treat for southern travelers. Aside from its wild-west history, it is a charming community best known for its southern hospitality, unique downtown area and superstar sports. Bet you didn’t know that Terry Brown, former NFL star, Joe Dial, former world record pole vaulter and Michael Lightner, NCAA All-American wrestling champion, at some point in time, all called this place home-sweet-home!
Waltzing into downtown Marlow, visitors immediately get a warm, fuzzy feeling of pure bliss. With charming mom-and-pop shops, beautiful historical monuments and several recreational attractions to enjoy, Marlow offers its guests a small wonderland of pure southern delight. When making a trip to Marlow, be sure to hit up some of the hotspots listed below: