The John Marshall House

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The John Marshall House
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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John Marshall is best known as the “Great Chief Justice” for his role in creating the modern Supreme Court. He served from 1801 until 1835 and his influential decisions, such as Marbury v. Madison, helped shape the principle of judicial review. With the largest collection of original Marshall family pieces, guided tours of his home offer an in-depth look at the formation of American government through the lens of the federal judiciary. Marshall built his home in Richmond’s historic Court End neighborhood in 1790 and lived there for forty-five years until his death. It is a Federal-style brick building that originally included several outbuildings, including his law office.
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teknoge3k
Rocky Mount, VA927 contributions
Apr 2021
This was a great experience. MUCH better than I anticipated. We arrived before our scheduled time and took photos of the property. Our guide Emma C was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and took my wife and I around the house showing us everything and explaining things. Most things in this house are original and it's very awesome to imagine this house back in its prime. I learned so much from Emma. I felt so bad because at the end of the day, I didn't have any cash to tip her which I know isn't expected. We just don't use cash in our family and I didn't think about grabbing some from an ATM prior to going.
Written April 19, 2021
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uebelher
Wrightstown, WI5 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
I was so impressed with the quality of the tour guide at this house. I’m a lawyer so I generally know about John Marshall. But I was amazed at how much more I learned. Our guide Ethan was a wealth of knowledge and had a detailed answer for every question we had for him. It was a highlight of my Richmond trip.
Written November 16, 2020
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CynthiafromOhio2011
Cleveland, OH346 contributions
Oct 2011 • Friends
Located in downtown Richmond, not far from the Old Capitol, this was a surprisingly great visit to a historic figure and house. Although not as elaborate as many of the James River Plantations (see my reviews of Shirley Plantation, Berkeley Plantaion, etc.), this was an unexpectely beautiful home. At one time, the John Marshall House occuppied the entire city block, but today it is only about 1/4th of the block (surrounded by the modern city) and thus, most of the outbuildings are no longer in existence. The house, however, has been lovingly preserved and is a real gem --- ask about the flooring in the hallway -- an expensive precursor to today's linoneleum! This was the fashionable area of Richmond in the 1790's to the early 1800's, but today is mostly modern city.

Although I am a bit of a history buff, my knowledge of John Marshall was limited to vaguely recalling that he was an early Supreme Court Justice. The docent who provides the house tour definitely made him come alive. For example, he was Thomas Jefferson's cousin, but never got along (to put it mildly) with Jefferon.

The story of Marshall's marriage is best described as "tumultuous" and was so interesting that I've purchased a book to read more about Marshall's life. The docent told several fascinating stories about his marriage, e.g., he courted his wife when she was only 14. He went to France on political business for several months without even telling his pregnant wife. She moved out on him... it sounds almost like a modern day TV soap opera!

This place is almost unknown to tourists (it wasn't even listed as an attraction by TripAdvisor until I requested it), but it really made history come alive.

Great site to visit for couples, other adults and teens (romantic story w/o the vampires!); no attraction for younger children.
Written October 20, 2011
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Yorkriver
yorktown virginia203 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
I visited on a slow day in the winter with some other friends. We had the most wonderful tour--it could have gone on for another hour, and we'd still have been there!

Out guide was so knowledgeable and charming--every room was made by her into a treat--and full of great historical information.

We were a group that sucked that stuff up--so it was a perfect match!

The guide--I hate to use that term--she was so much more---was just great--she never took cheap shots to make jokes--she entertained--but in a very good way.

I enjoyed every minute of this experience, and I recommend it highly to anyone who's into history.

This place is not just Richmond history, or Virginia history---this is American history!!
Written March 14, 2017
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Charlene F
54 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Definitely worth a visit. The tour guides in each room were informative. His home had changed very little from when he lived there. Nice to see this type of preservation. 50% of items are his and family’s furnishings. His desk, books, china, etc.
Written March 24, 2018
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Peter B
Harpswell, ME552 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
The house has a lot of the original furniture and artifacts from John Marshall. The tour provides a fair amount of legal history involving John Marshall. The site director's knowledge and enthusiasm is contagious. I think it will appeal most to lawyers and history buffs.
Written March 30, 2017
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KdeBz
San Diego, CA214 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
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 great guide.
Written August 1, 2013
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Thomas S
Memphis, TN1,207 contributions
Sep 2019
Again a great history lesson. John Marshal was the fourth Supreme Court Chief Justice and during his years on the bench changed the court into what it is today. Not only is he famous for his days on the court but his days as a lawyer in Richmond and his devotion to his wife and family. In addition General George C. Marshall Chief of Staff during World War two is related to John Marshall.
Written September 28, 2019
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Paula T
Hamilton, NJ8 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
I called and was told tours start on the hour with 4:00 being the last. Got there at 3:40 and the tour had started. Paid our $9 and dropped into the tour. Our guide said very little about John Marshall but pointed out that was his chair and that was his bed etc and etc. it would have made a great sketch on Monty python. I could have conducted the tour, So save your money and take out a good library book on the supreme court justice
Written June 15, 2019
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follylover
Chicago, Il.312 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Great old house with lots of original items. Interesting and informative tour helps you get to know the man and his family. Worth a stop.
Written May 23, 2019
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