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Address: 818 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone Number:
+1 804-648-7998
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Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Marshall is best known as the "Great Chief Justice" for his role...

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.

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Quietly historic

This tour was so enjoyable because it was not rushed or crowded, and our guide was interesting and very informative. Prepare for a fascinating history lesson along the way... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
Middletown, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built in 1790, this was the home of John Marshall, framer of the constitution, Secreatary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Closed Monday.

Thank Chinapjs
Middletown, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This tour was so enjoyable because it was not rushed or crowded, and our guide was interesting and very informative. Prepare for a fascinating history lesson along the way! Recommend it as very worthwhile, and take the time to visit the John Wickham House/Valentine as a "companion" tour because these historic figures were contemporaries and friends, and it makes the... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I was lucky and got a one-on-one tour 1st thing in the morning. Lots of original Marshall furnishings and info about Marshall's family and career. Marshall was truly a founder of the nation, shaped the proper role of the court and even presided over the treason trial of Aaron Burr. Interesting house and interesting tour.

Thank Michael B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Was a really nice your! Tour guide was sweet and knowledgeable! Answered all my 5 year olds questions !!! Would def recommend

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

We stumbled upon this place during our recent visit to Richmond. We planned to visit all of the civil war museums and locations, but as we walked by we decided to go in on a whim. It turns out this was our favorite museum by far. Our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable and gave us a thoroughly educational... More 

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Nyack, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Of all the historical places I visited in Richmond, this was quite possibly my favorite, in large part because I'm a fan of John Marshall, really a towering figure in early American history even if not that well known. The house is terrific, the tour guide interesting, and the gift shop good.

Thank ErikSimon
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

We took the family here for a tour. The price was very reasonable (about $7,AAA discount). The house is beautiful, and with many original pieces inside. It is restored beautifully. Our docent was just wonderful, with many great stories as we went through downstairs and upstairs rooms. At one point on the tour they had us sit in Marshall's parlor... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

I have always wanted to come but never found the time. The tour is about 45 min and tour guide (Judy I believe) was great. The talked about him, house specifics ( what was original, the architecture, etc) and the immediate area since it is in the middle of downtown, a lot of stuff was built around here. Keep in... More 

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

A nice period home with background history about our 4th chief justice. Easy to include as part of your walking tour of downtown Richmond. Parking is difficult to find but reasonable cost, but once acquired plan to spend the entire day touring Richmond's many historic sites and good places to eat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

This a great little tour if you have an hour to kill. Our tour guide, Fred, was very knowledgable. I would have never known how much John Marshall did if I had not gone here. The house is very cool and the history was even cooler.

Thank Kristin T

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