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The Marshall House

217 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg, VA 20176
+1 703-777-1301
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Ranked #12 of 36 Attractions in Leesburg
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: The Marshall House (formerly Dodona Manor), is situated on 3.8 acres of gardens on the eastern end of Leesburg's Old and Historic District. The site is designated a National Historic Landmark as the residence of General George C. Marshall from 1941 until 1959. During his residency in the home, General Marshall served our nation as Chief of Staff of the Army, as Special Envoy to China, as Secretary of State, as President of the American Red Cross, and as Secretary of Defense. His career as a military officer spanned 44 years, including distinguished service in two world wars. General Marshall was the architect of the European Recovery Plan (The Marshall Plan), and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953. General Marshall was described as the "Greatest American of the twentieth century" by both Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.

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Clinton, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We loved our tour of the Marshall House in Leesburg. Our experience from beginning to end was so lovely. From the moment we entered we felt very welcome. Warren was our tour guide and he was very well versed in the history of the Marshall home and family. I highly recommend taking a tour of this beautifully restored home and... More

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tbowers42, Docent Director at The Marshall House, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed your recent visit to the Marshall House, former home of one of the most important people of the 20th Century and a museum of a 1950s home. Warren Ruefer was typical of our docents for his great admiration for George Marshall and for his desire to share that feeling with guests at the house. More

Powhatan, Virginia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
31 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This humble estate honors a humble man with a most distinctive wartime military career and who later was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for taking war-torn Europe from ruins to prosperity. Most today know little of the famous VMI graduate who had such a lasting influence in history. Take the time to learn about him and his family while touring... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Home to George Marshall and his second wife, Catherine. Initially it was a weekend respite from his official quarters on Fort Myer. Our docent (whose name I unfortunately did not write down) was excellent. Passionate, animated and clearly fascinated with the life of George Marshall, he made history come to life. As was the very nice lady who greeted us... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The attraction here is not so much the home itself -- though there are treasures and artifacts of interest that hint at the respect he engendered from leaders like Churchill and Chiang Kai-Shek. The reason for the visit is the chance to get acquainted with George Marshall, a true statesman and visionary of a kind we see all too rarely.... More

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Herminie
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you review the website you can see this was a modest style home. They've done a bang-up job trying to make it interesting. I will say the tour was overly long (2 hours). I still enjoyed my visit. One other complaint, though, we arrived at opening time and they were not ready for us and kept us waiting several... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

I was surprised to discover this little gem just down the road from where I lived. It may have been a rainy day, but this place was truly delightful and nicely restored. The tour started with a very informative 15 minute video and then one of the docents gave us information about the house and the General (usually done outside... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Very nicely kept up home of historic figure general George Marshall, builder of the ERP, former secretary of state and defense. Gives you great insight into his and his second wife's personal life from the time after WWII, dining room, bedrooms (even one that Madam Chiang Kay Check was using when visiting), great kitchen, large garden etc. Many historic documents... More

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Vienna, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We found the tour of George C Marshall's house just terrific. We got a very interesting review of history and learned many things about Gen Marshall's life that we did not know. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and seeing the many fascinating pieces of memorabilia was great. We got to see paintings drawn by Churchill and Eisenhower for Marshall.... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

If you come to Leesburg, do take some time to visit Dodona Manor, home to George C. Marshall following his retirement from active service. General of the Army, architect of the American contribution to WWII, Secretary of State and father of the Marshall Plan to rebuild post war Europe. If you have any interests in the above topics, you need... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Visited the George C Marshall home on Memorial day weekend. They purchased this farm house as a retirement home just before WW2 which, with the rebuilding of Europe, China issues and the Cold War kept kept them generally away until the final years of his life. The house is loaded with his personal items and is generally set up the... More

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