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“A Beautiful Piece of History” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Marshall House

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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“A Beautiful Piece of History”
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 walking through a piece of history. The staff at the home really take pride in giving each visitor a quality experience.

Visited October 2014
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tbowers42, Docent Director at The Marshall House, responded to this review, October 16, 2014
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.
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Powhatan, Virginia
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“A Must See”
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 his Leesburg home. After his death the home declined to the point that it was subject to demolition. Fortunately for all of this gem was restored with 95% of it original contents. Allow 90 minutes. Check the website for hours and parking.

Visited May 2014
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Herndon, Virginia
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“The home of a truly remarkable man”
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 at the desk as we entered. The house is unique in that it passed directly from the Marshall family to the organization which runs it today and so they estimate 90% of the items in the home actually belonged to and were used by the Marshalls. This is home to a modest public servant who rose to the highest positions in a number of roles: Chief of Staff of the US Army, Secretary of State, President of the American Red Cross, Secretary of Defense. Husband, soldier, and an inveterate gardener. He believed strongly in separating your personal from your work life, and in work life balance, and personally tending to a large vegetable garden was how he did so. It's not as popular an attraction in DC as it should be, but for anyone with even a vague interest in politics, the military, foreign affairs, or history, it's well worth the time.

Visited March 2014
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“Informative Tour”
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. A selflessly devoted soldier who served his country during two World Wars and created the blueprint for peace, it is well worth a visit to see the excellent 15-minute film about Marshall's life and hear the stories from the very knowledgeable tour guide. Well worth the trip and the $10 fee.

Visited March 2014
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“COTTAGE STYLE HOME”
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 mintues before letting us in. When we went to watch the video some young chick was in there before us (I believe she knew someone) but it is still worth the visit especially if your plan is to be stroll around Leesburg since it sits right in the historic section. Happy touring.

Visited October 2013
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