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
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.