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“Learn about "the most influential man who wasn't president"”

The John Marshall House
Ranked #40 of 171 things to do in Richmond
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Owner description: 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. 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. The property remained in the Marshall family until 1911 when it was sold to the City of Richmond, but the house was saved from demolition by local preservationists. The John Marshall House has been a museum since 1913 and contains the largest collection of furnishings and memorabilia associated with the Marshall's family and career. Visitors to the site can enjoy a guided tour of the house including the 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). The Marshall House is walking distance from the Virginia State Capitol, the Library of Virginia, and the Valentine Richmond History Center.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Arlington, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
357 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Learn about "the most influential man who wasn't president"”
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 into many oft-forgotten episodes at the beginning of our nation. It's relatively economical for a tour and the offer military, AAA, and student discounts, so you can broaden your horizons for around $6 or $7 a person. It'll only take you an hour or so to see everything and is well worth the side trip into downtown.

Visited March 2014
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SiennaFennell, Museum Operations Office at The John Marshall House, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
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
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“What do YOU know about John Marshall?”
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 great guide.

Visited July 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
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“Informational for history buffs”
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.

Visited May 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Nice tour”
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 picnic lunch.

Visited April 2013
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Midlothian, Virginia, United States
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“History Buff”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

The John Marshall house is perfect for history buffs. It is tucked away behind the MCV campus just steps way from the "Court End" district. This district was home to many prominent Richmond citizens and also includes the Valentine Richmond History Center. While walking down the street you can only imagine what it was like many years ago.

Visited June 2012
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