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Address: 818 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Number: 804-648-7998
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Description: This large two story brick house located in the heart of Richmond 's...
This large two story brick house located in the heart of Richmond 's fashionable 19th century "Court End" district was home to John Marshall and his wife Polly, and their family from 1790 until his death in 1835.Marshall is best known as the "Great Chief Justice" for his role in creating the modern Supreme Court. He served from 1801 until his death in 1835 and his influential decisions such as Marbury v. Madison helped shaped the principle of judicial review. Marshall was a true Founding Father, serving in local, state and national government as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the United States Government. He was also well known locally as a leading member of Richmond society and a gracious and jovial host.Listed on the National and Virginia historic registers, the John Marshall House has undergone remarkably few changes since Marshall's lifetime. The property remained in the Marshall family until 1911 when it was sold to the City of Richmond. Orginally slated for destruction in order to make way for the John Marshall High School, the house was saved by local preservationists. Preservation Virginia has operated the John Marshall House as a museum since 1913 and is celebrating a century of preservation.Located in the heart of Richmond's bustling downtown, the Marshall House is walking distance from the Virginia State Capitol, the Library of Virginia, and the Valentine Richmond History Center. Visitors to the site can enjoy a guided tour of the house including a remarkable collection of original furnishings, take a stroll through the colorful garden, visit the museum shop, or even try their hand at the game of quoits (John Marshall's favorite game).
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Very nice personalized tour of John Marshall House

The tour guide had lots of little details to tell about the house and you could tell how much he enjoyed what he was doing. Just a very up close and personal touch.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Tempe, Arizona
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Tempe, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The tour guide had lots of little details to tell about the house and you could tell how much he enjoyed what he was doing. Just a very up close and personal touch.

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east coast
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Richmond has an annual "Court End Day" in Dec which we happened to catch so this house and many other historical attractions were free. Well worth a visit even if you pay admission. Learned a lot about John Marshall, a chief justice of the Supreme Court. Great place to go if you like history.

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williamsburg virginia
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124 reviews 124 reviews
49 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Great restored home of Jihn Marshall. Many pieces of original furniture, personal effects and art work. We an an excellent tour guide and enjoyed our visit. Gift shop has some very interesting books. A lovely gem in the middle of historical Richmind. parking is readily available in the VCU lot one block away.

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Florida
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194 reviews 194 reviews
16 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This house does not receive much traffic, and that's a shame. It was the home of John Marshall, the longest serving chief justice of the Supreme court, and arguably one of the most influential Americans ever. The tour guides are very knowledgeably, and you can learn a great deal about early American history visiting here. Although it is only a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

John Marshall, Chief Justice of the U.S.built this home in 1790. He had a vision of what this new democracy should be. He entertained politicians and movers and shakers..often at two dinner sittings in one night because of the numbers he invited (!) The home has much of the original furnishings and is tastefully done and a fine tour is... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
84 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

One thing Richmond can be proud of is they they were able to preserve the original buildings like this John Marshall house. You can go to other cities and they will tell you that this historical house that you are visiting is just a replica and is not even built on its original location. I went for the guided tour... More 

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SiennaFennell, Museum Operations Office at John Marshall House, responded to this review

We are happy that you visited and had a great experience with Preservation Virginia's property, The John Marshall House. Thank you so much for reviewing your tour last weekend. It is particularly helpful for small historic house museums to receive great word of mouth advertising. We appreciate you! The John Marshall House staff More 

Arlington, Virginia
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225 reviews 225 reviews
58 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

It's right in the heart of downtown Richmond and dwarfed by the modern buildings, but it offers a surprisingly accessible glimpse into one of the defining founders of our nation, Supreme Court justice John Marshall, who presided over the trial of Aaron Burr. It'll make some of the history you read in school come to life and offer you insight... More 

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SiennaFennell, Museum Operations Office at John Marshall House, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you had a great experience with Preservation Virginia and the John Marshall House. Thank you very much for taking the time to review your tour last weekend. It is always helpful for historic house museums off the beaten path to receive more word of mouth advertising. with gratitude, the John Marshall House staff More 

San Diego, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
45 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

If your answer is "nothing," then I highly recommend you visit this historic home of our longest-serving Supreme Court justice of the early years of our nation. I learned so much on our tour, which was just my friend and I and the docent, because no one else was there! Sad, because it was very interesting and Leila was a... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

This is a great tour for history buffs and those who want to know a bit more than the average joe about Mr. Marshall. Building is interesting and makes for a good "off the beaten path" attraction.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Lovely old building, not particularly ornate. Tour was informative, guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Tour was not particularly tied to the house; a great deal of information was provided about John Marshall that had little to do with the space. Only 40% of items were original to the house. Grounds were well landscaped and provided a good spot for a... More 

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